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Using scholarly lists of discussion and information

(This course was held on the 16th of November 2005, Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia)

1 What are they ?

  •   connecting people in specialized area's
    • have some by-laws and behavioural rules
    •        may be open or closed
    •       may be filtered or not
    •      may ask you participation or not

2 Which services they offer ?

o       specialized area’s discussions

o       requesting information

o       posting information

o       accessing books and other products reviews

o       call for papers

o       job offering

o       starting off-lists conversation

o       archives in web sites

3.How are they functioning ?

o       the technicalities

o       the human filtering and organizing

4.How to find them ?

o       Using generic search engines and portals like Google, Alltheweb, Yahoo, A9, etc..

o       Using specific portals or indexes:

a.  Starting from the VL project: the Discussion Lists Directory. (History Journals Guide)“The Discussion Lists Directory aims to provide up-to-date information (e.g. editors, subscription details, languages, and websites) about history mailing lists. History is understood in a broad sense as the study of the past including all periods, all regions and all fields. At the moment, the directory covers about 1,375 lists.” (See more at http://www.history-journals.de/lists/index.html)

b.   The H-Net structure – the discussion’s network: “H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net is the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.” (See more at http://www.h-net.org/about/)

c.  EH.Net lists at http://eh.net/lists/

5.Some examples:

o       How to subscribe to H-Mediterranean and manage the subscription once subscribed (http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/)? “The aim of this network is to provide researchers with information about publications and congresses regarding the Mediterranean area in modern and contemporary history. We strive to be a discussion space for researchers coming from different research fields. Instead of only promoting discussions about each single country, or only discussing the concept ofMediterranean history, the aim is to facilitate circulation and confrontation of ideas, methods, and theories. http://www.h-net.org/~mediter/

o       What is H-Announce ? “H-Announce is a moderated one-way distribution list for H-Net's Announcements Digest (events, upcoming conferences, calls for papers, publications [new journals, journal announcements], programs, workshops, funding, fellowships, new websites of enduring interest to scholars and teachers, news from H-Net and its affiliates, etc.); H-Net's Job Guide Index; Books Reviewed on the Web; and the H-NCC newsletter” http://www.h-net.org/~announce/.

The following types of events are contained in H-announce listings: Call for Papers - Conference - Fellowship - Grant - Lecture Prize - Publication - Seminar - Summer Program - Symposium - Website - Workshop


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