SEAFARER has been created by Allen J. Frantzen of Loyola University and John Ruffing of Cornell University. Ruffing has programmed SEAFARER in HyperCard; Frantzen is the author of the program's materials.
In 1998 SEAFARER was converted to Html and new icons were designed by Michael D.C. Drout and Suzanne Lima. A fellowship from Wheaton College's Filene Center for Work and Learning partially funded the conversion project.
In 1993 Graham D. Caie of the University of Glasgow joined SEAFARER as a co-author and chair of the Advisory Board.
The original plans for SEAFARER were developed in consultation with Clare A. Lees, University of Pennsylvania, and Patrick W. Conner, West Virginia University. In October 1990 the program was first discussed at a conference on computer-assisted technology at Loyola University's Department of English, also attended by Marilyn Deegan, Oxford University.
In 1993 SEAFARER formed an Advisory Board which is chaired by Graham Caie. As of Fall 1993 the members of the Board are:
Department of English Language, University of Leiden
Department of Archaeology, York University
Patrick W. Conner,
Director, ANSAXNET, Executive Director, ISAS,
West Virginia University
Hoyt N. Duggan,
Editor, SEENET, Department of English, University of Virginia
Navneforskning Institut, Copenhagen University
Antonette diPaulo Healey
Editor, The Dictionary of Old English, University of Toronto
Department of Art, Miami University
Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Christ Church College, Oxford
Credits and Production History
The primary aim of the program is to assist learning in subjects related to medieval culture; other applications of the program, including research applications, are pending.
SEAFARER was created for INDS 293/ENGL 279, "Introduction to Medieval Culture," Spring 1992, was first demonstrated in August 1991.
SEAFARER 1.1 was issued in January 1992; version 1.2 was issued in March 1992. Version 2.0 was created at Cornell in July 1992 and used at Loyola in Fall 1992. Version 2.1 was developed at Loyola in Fall 1992 for use by Gordon Sellers in INDS 293/ENGL 279 in Spring 1993, and version 3.0 was created at Loyola in March 1993 and used by Martin Foys in the course in 1994.
Seafarer 5.0 was created in December 1994 and was used for the first time in INDS 293 /ENGL 279 in Spring 1995 by Allen Frantzen and Michael Drout.
No material in this program may be copied or reproduced in any form. SEAFARER has been funded by Loyola University's Core Curriculum Development Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, Research Services, the Graduate School, and the Department of English.
SEAFARER has been designed and implemented in HyperCard 2.1 by John Ruffing and written by Allen J. Frantzen, with research, editing, and technical assistance from Gordon B. Sellers, Martin Foys, and Michael D.C. Drout.
SEAFARER was converted to Html (SEAFARER 6.0) by Michael D.C. Drout and Suzanne Lima. A fellowship from Wheaton College's Filene Center for Work and Learning partially funded the conversion project.
SEAFARER 6.0 is being used in English 207b: Early Narratives, Beowulf and Others at Wheaton College in the Spring of 1998.