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JCAEDE electronic journal debuts

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 12 - November 9, 1995

The first issue of the Journal of Computer-Aided Environmental Design and Education (JCAEDE) was published on the Internet through the World Wide Web in October.

JCAEDE is one of 10 electronic journals published electronically by the Scholarly Communications Project of Virginia Tech's University Libraries.

The major objective of JCAEDE is to promote communication among educators and researchers in the environmental design disciplines who are involved with teaching and research in computer-aided design (CAD), computer-enhanced instruction, and design digital technology. JCAEDE can be accessed through the following address: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JCAEDE/JCAEDE.html.

The development of JCAEDE represents collaborative efforts of faculty and staff in several colleges. Joan McLain-Kark, associate professor of interior design in the College of Human Resources, and Bob Schubert, assistant dean for research of the College of Architecture, are co-editors. Dennis Jones, associate professor from architecture, and Anna Marshall-Baker, assistant professor from interior design, are editorial-board members. Gail McMillan, director of the Scholarly Communications Project at University Libraries, oversees electronic access to the journal. James Powell from the Scholarly Communications Project provided programming support. Jeonglim Han, interior design graduate student, is the editorial assistant who formatted the first issue with HTML (HyperText Markup Language).

As the editors McLain-Kark and Schubert write in the first issue: "The need for JCAEDE is especially strong because of the rapid pace of developing technologies. With similar speed, educators need efficient ways to communicate ideas and strategies."

They also note that "the multi-media capabilities of the WWW provide exciting opportunities to present computer images and animation."