4.0772 Arachnet -- List for List Editors (1/59)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Wed, 28 Nov 90 20:56:23 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 0772. Wednesday, 28 Nov 1990.

Date: 27 November 1990
From: Willard McCarty <Editor@VM.EPAS.UToronto.CA>
Subject: Arachnet: a federation of e-seminars


A Loose Association of Electronic Discussion Groups
for Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences

According to a list recently compiled on Humanist, there are now
more than two dozen ListServ groups alone devoted to the
humanities and social sciences. As more scholars come on-line,
the size of these groups, the diversity of material they have to
offer, and their total number are all bound to increase. These
groups would benefit from a loose confederation that would allow
them to share resources easily without imposing any kind of
restrictions on their manner of operation. We propose to form
such a confederation, which we have named `Arachnet'.

Arachnet will consist of a ListServ list,
Arachnet@VM.EPAS.UToronto.CA, to which all editors of such
discussion groups are invited to be members. On its file-server,
Arachnet will contain a current list of its member groups,
descriptions of each group, and lists of files they hold. The
conversational component of Arachnet will likely be vestigial,
but it may be used from time to time as a means by which editors
of new groups can receive help from their more experienced

If you are an editor or owner of an existing group, you are cordially
invited to join. Please fill out the attached e-form and return it to
<Editor@VM.EPAS.UToronto.CA>, following the format below as closely as

Please also circulate this note to whomever would be interested.

Willard McCarty Patrick Conner
Editor, Ficino Editor, ANSAXNET
Editor@VM.EPAS.UToronto.CA U47C2@WVNVM

Please fill in and mail to the editor
(Please simply type over what is in parentheses)

*Lastname, Firstname <e-mail address>

Address: (institutional and, if you wish, domestic, with
telephone numbers).

Titles (academic and other as relevant):

Professional societies:

Brief description of your ListServ and electronic discussion group
activities, including the name and purpose of all lists which you have
served in any editorial or organizational capacity. Also please note
familiarity with any other BBS software (excluding ListServ, a knowledge
of which is assumed here), regardless of the platform on which it runs.
(100-500 words).