3.1017 new e-groups; job advert; network info (139)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Wed, 7 Feb 90 20:53:38 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1017. Wednesday, 7 Feb 1990.

(1) Date: Tue, 06 Feb 90 20:35:08 EST (23 lines)
From: Elliott Parker <3ZLUFUR@CMUVM>
Subject: new discussion groups

(2) Date: Wed, 7 Feb 90 05:46:53 EST (35 lines)
Subject: job posting for humanist

(3) Date: Wed, 7 Feb 90 12:28:41 EST (56 lines)
From: info-matrix-request@aahsa.tic.com (John S. Quarterman)
Subject: the service

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Date: Tue, 06 Feb 90 20:35:08 EST
From: Elliott Parker <3ZLUFUR@CMUVM>

Two new discussion lists have been started that may be of interest to
some Humanists:
On Desktop Publishing both for IBM and Macintosh:
Standard Listserv commands to: LISTSERV@INDYCMS
On Chinese computing (so far, mainly word processing in
Standard Listserv commands to : LISTSERV@UGA
Postings to: CCNET-L@UGA

Has anybody run across a list called RUSTEX that deals with
"Russian TeX and Soviet Email?" Any additional info. would be

Journalism Dept. Internet: eparker@well.sf.ca.us
Central Michigan University Compuserve: 70701,520
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 BIX: eparker
USA UUCP: {psuvax1}!cmuvm.bitnet!3zlufur
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Date: Wed, 7 Feb 90 05:46:53 EST
Subject: job posting for humanist

University of Glasgow

Department of Scottish History

Lectureship in Scottish History

(New Academic Appointments Scheme)

Applications are invited for the above lectureship
under the terms of the above scheme. It is anticipated
that this post will be available from 1st October 1990.
The intention of the scheme is to enable universities
to recruit younger academic staff.

Applications are invited from those in history and
related disciplines with appropriate research
experience. Applicants, preferably under 35 years of
age, may be interested in any period and should have an
interest in innovative approaches to teaching and

Salary within Lecturer A scale 10,458-15,372.

Applications (8 copies of your current c.v. with 8
copies of a covering letter, not later than 27th
February 1990) to, and further details from, Academic
Personnel Office, University of Glasgow,
Glasgow, G12 8QQ.

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Date: Wed, 7 Feb 90 12:28:41 EST
From: info-matrix-request@aahsa.tic.com (John S. Quarterman)
Subject: the service

[Some of you will know about John Quarterman's book, The Matrix:
Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide (Digital, 1990).
The following message from Quarterman describes his plans for an online
counterpart of that book. --W.M.]


Here is a short description of the service of Matrix, Inc.

Presumably all of you have seen the book, The Matrix. Its contents
can be described as network descriptions, together with background
information such as history and legal issues.

You may also have seen the Users' Directory of Computer Networks by
Tracy L. LaQuey. The most recent edition of it was published by the
University of Texas in July, 1989, and an updated edition will be
available from Digital Press in a few months. This is a directory,
containing detailed host and domain lists. Both books have network
access information and extensive indexes.

There are other books in the same general area, but these two serve
to illustrate the subject area we're dealing with: directory and
contextual information services about computer networks.

The problem with a paper book is that it can't be updated quickly
and it's too small (unless it's a thirty volume encyclopedia, in which
case it's even harder to update). Not to mention you can't search it
online, neither linearly nor by logical query combinations.

Matrix, Inc. intends to provide similar information in electronic form.
Specifically, we plan to distribute a product with three main parts:
1) A CD/ROM of information, updated quarterly, with
2) much of the information in a relational database, with SQL interface
3) an interactive visual mouse-and-menu user interface

In addition, we will provide

4) continual updates through dial-up UUCP connections and probably
through dedicated leased lines and through existing networks.

The most basic service is intangible, and consists of the context
gained through five years of research and our worldwide contacts,
which allow us to provide large, well-integrated, and constantly
updated information.

This is a quick sketch which simplifies a number of things.
For example, CD/ROMs will probably not be the only physical
distribution medium, and there are numerous subsidiary services
we plan to provide eventually.