3.363 NSFNet; more on IT (68)

Wed, 16 Aug 89 19:38:47 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 363. Wednesday, 16 Aug 1989.

(1) Date: Fri, 11 Aug 89 08:46:35 PLT (25 lines)
From: "Guy L. Pace" <PACE@WSUVM1>
Subject: NSFNET

(2) Date: 16-AUG-1989 17:36:04 (22 lines)
Subject: IT confusion.

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Date: Fri, 11 Aug 89 08:46:35 PLT
From: "Guy L. Pace" <PACE@WSUVM1>
Subject: NSFNET

[The following about NSFNet is for the Humanist interested in connecting
to US Libraries. For more information, contact the Guy Pace at the above
address. --W.M.]

The National Science Foundation (NSF) network is available to those doing
research in the sciences (and others interested in what's going on).
Craig Partridge is managing the distribution of the INTERNET Resource
Guide through NSFNET. As far as I can tell, there are no special requirements
for joining NSFNET (obvious, since I'm on the list).

Most of what is going on in the US in the sciences can be found on NSFNET.
Since I'm only on the list for getting the resource guide (which I'm
collecting for our Information Center), I don't have detailed information
on all the discussion groups active on that network. However, some on our
campus joined NSFNET just for the discussion and information on "cold
fusion" when that topic was hot.

The resource guide provides information on supercomputers available through
INTERNET, as well as major libraries accessible through INTERNET. So far,
that's as much as we have. There are more sections coming, though, and I
expect it will be valuable.
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Date: 16-AUG-1989 17:36:04
Subject: IT confusion.

The recent discussion on the use of IT comes
too late for me ... we at Trent Polytechnic have
just advertised for applicants for posts as IT
Co-ordinators (people to act as 'brokers' between
various faculties and the central computing services).
I arranged for an e-mail ad to appear on various
bulletin boards (ADVISE-L, EDTECH, and NISS) using as a
job title just: "IT Co-ordinator". Responses from the USA
assumed that what we wanted were Instructional Technology
Co-ordinators (what we in the UK would term CAL or CAI -
Computer Aided/Assisted Learning (or Instruction)).
IT (Information Technology) in the UK is taken to refer
to Computing which relates more to users who need to process
information using databases, spreadsheets, wordprocessors etc.
rather than Computing which relates to hardware design, chip
technology, machine code etc.
It came as quite a surprise that computing acronyms differ
across the pond!