VPIEJ-L 12/93

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December 1993

Date:         Thu, 2 Dec 1993 08:42:32 EST
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From:         IAN.WORTHINGTON@classics.utas.edu.au
Subject:      announcing new e-venture
Sallie Goetsch (Founding Editor)
Oliver Taplin (Consultant)
Ian Worthington (Publisher and Contributing Editor)
Peter Toohey (Publisher and Contributing Editor)
More and more classicists are getting involved with Greek and
Roman plays as performance texts; theater practitioners have
always been so.  Dialogue between the two groups of specialists,
and among individual artists and scholars, is essential.  During the
course of the conference on Sophocles' *Electra* at Northwestern
University in May 1993 (reviewed in *BMCR* 4), Oliver Taplin
addressed the need for an electronic newsletter devoted to
publicizing modern productions of ancient theater.
*Didaskalia* has as its aim the timely dissemination of news
relevant to those who work on ancient theater and its modern
The main feature of *Didaskalia* will be advance listings of
upcoming productions and other drama-oriented events.  We will
also publish short previews and reviews of books and productions
and lists of forthcoming publications pertaining to ancient theater.
Each issue will contain updates on the dramatic doings of our
subscribers and contributors, and provide a forum for the airing of
complaints and the exchange of opinions.  Suggestions for other
features are welcome.  Those interested in becoming regular
regional correspondents should contact the editors.
*Didaskalia* will appear monthly beginning in March 1994.  It
will be distributed from the University of Tasmania, Australia,
under the direction of Ian Worthington, and may be accessed via
ftp or gopher in the same way as *Electronic Antiquity*.
Distribution will be exclusively electronic, except possibly for the
Listings section.  Listings should include, at minimum, title,
venue, opening date and length of run, director, translator if there
is one, address, phone, fax, and e-mail of a contact person, and a
short description of the approach to the play.
Submissions and inquiries may be sent electronically to:
Hardcopy contributions or queries may be addressed to:
Sallie Goetsch,
Department of Classical Studies,
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor,
MI 48109-1003,
Phone (313) 930-6594
Fax (313) 763-4959
Ian Worthington,
Department of Classics,
University of Tasmania,
Hobart, Tasmania 7001,
Tel. (002) 202-294 (direct)
Fax (002) 202-288
e-mail:  Ian.Worthington@classics.utas.edu.au
Date:         Fri, 3 Dec 1993 15:36:42 EST
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From:         Margaret E Sokolik <msokolik@uclink.berkeley.edu>
Subject:      Libraries
I have a question for those who have dealt with libraries
in the distribution of your journals. We at TESL-EJ are
wondering what the best method of contact might be. We
are offering free distribution to libraries. How has
contact been handled?
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Maggi Sokolik, Editor
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Date:         Fri, 3 Dec 1993 15:37:18 EST
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From:         Stevan Harnad <harnad@princeton.edu>
Subject:      More on peer review and the Net
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 93 14:50:20 EST
From: Fred L. Bookstein <fred@brainmap.med.umich.edu>
To: harnad@princeton.edu (Stevan Harnad)
I've just read your engrossing interchange with Quinn. I don't
recognize the list to which you distributed it, and so I don't know if that
readership expects continuing commentary. If you think it appropriate,
pass the following comments on to that group (of course with
any intercalations you like), or bank it to go out with others
you have received. Fred B.
Frank Quinn and Stevan Harnad are engaged in a dialogue about the nexus
among peer review, reliability of the mathematical research literature,
and electronic publication. As a working statistician and applied
geometer in an offbeat speciality (biological shape), I would like to
add to their exchange by explaining the stance of another community of
participants having a hybrid point of view.
1. "The mathematical literature."
Quinn notes that mathematics is unusual among the disciplines in the
reliability of its primary literature. It is also most unusual in the
elegant variations of its secondary literature. For a century or more
there has been a tradition of true diversity and ingenious beauty in
the arguments of advanced textbooks and monographs that are NOT primary
announcements but distillations or syntheses. (Perhaps this tradition
is strongest in geometry, the field I mainly apply.) Each of the "big
books" I keep on my shelf explains its subject (differential geometry,
tensors, kinematics, space) differently. And all are worth having: the
simplification of a proof, the exegesis accessible to the smart
high-school student, the demonstration of the convertibility between
notations, the formulary so popular earlier in this century---all are
worth preserving. Likewise in mathematical physics: the published
lectures of Feynman, Schrodinger, Fermi are at least as lasting as
their original technical papers.
It follows that any discussion about preserving the "reader-oriented"
essence of the literature must distinguish among kinds of readers as
carefully as among kinds of papers. The lifetime of the monographs I
just referred to is far longer than the life of the primary papers on
which they are based. For instance, several houses (Chelsea, Dover,
etc.) thrive by keeping nineteenth-century monographs in print. This
would not make sense had these works been superseded by newer texts or
2. Novelty and authority.
I am the guru of a small (200-address) morphometrics bulletin board.
My main function there is to supply authoritative answers to a broad range
of practical or theoretical questions: a sort of Agony Column of the
shape business. I can save a researcher anywhere in the world several
days of library ransacking, and sometimes several months of parallel
developments, by pointing out where in the earlier literature
a particular perplexity has been clarified, a particular formalism
crafted. (Other bulletin boards in quantitative biology also spend
considerable bandwidth on such postings.) Whenever possible, my citations
directly set out formulas rather than referring to them in any
remote form. When direct reproduction is not possible, it is better to
refer the researcher to older books, likelier to be in scattered
libraries, rather than to the primary journals, which are typically
much harder to retrieve (especially away from the major American
research universities).
The format of these pointers is, by now, somewhat stereotyped: "You
want to use the estimate of the Uniform Factor, Sigma y-bar
(dx,dy)/Sigma y-bar squared." If a printed text must be cited, the
older the better: "See Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen, page 203." If the
citation is to a new book, let it at least be one I know intimately:
"See the Orange Book" (my 1991 textbook) "where Figure 5.3.1 draws the
formula on page 159." Of course the advice can be customized, also:
"Set up your analysis the way Reyment did in Section 4.3 of the 1991
book, except that your variables should omit the deficient
In this global conversation, questions often arise for which, in my
experience, no answer can be unearthed. When I can, I construct a new
answer, in a closely reasoned technical argument of a few dozen lines
that is, I suppose, a novel form of primary mathematical publishing,
perhaps the very one Quinn is worried about. But, as Harnad notes in
his commentary, it surely can share one crucial characteristic with
other forms of primary applied mathematics: I make sure that the new
formulas in these "announcements" are peer-reviewed by three colleagues
who go over every single manipulation, check my computer codes, etc.
What is lacking is instead one other common feature.  The "articles"
have no bibliographies-- if citations could have been supplied, it
would not have been necessary to write in the first place. These
articles are "published" over my own signature--on my own recognizance,
as it were--and those who need to know the trick henceforth retrieve
them from the e-mail archive. The more "traditional" forms of
publication of the same material--usually chapters in obscure
Proceedings volumes--are necessary for the health of the curriculum
vitae, but are of no use in getting the message out to my audience.
Instead, the better archives are publicly distributed software
(canonical implementations) and the occasional review article or
textbook chapter.
In this system the issue that most concerns Quinn, the issue of quality
(peer review), is not problematic. But novelty now plays a somewhat
anomalous role: it is a characteristic to be avoided, since the most
novel techniques have the fewest exemplars. This degree of conservatism
is quite out of keeping with the structure of prestige of most
scientific communities, but it suits the morphometric synthesis just
fine:  to build a field that bridges several extant special variants,
invent only when you absolutely must; otherwise, borrow. Nevertheless,
Harnad's principal forecast is already in evidence at every turn--the
network is as far from flat as I can make it, by personal prestige, by
rhetoric, and by perseverance of pedagogy.
3. Proofs and facts.
While I'm in agreement with Quinn about the unusual social-cognitive
structure of the world of mathematics, a topic that has fascinated a
lot of philosophers of science as well, I see much more possibility for
a synthesis of his position with Harnad's than was presented in the
original posting. The potential of e-mail to enhance the freedom of
scholarly exchanges, one of Harnad's favorite homiletics, corresponds
to features of the existing system of publishing mathematics to which
Quinn chose not to draw attention: the perseveration of classic
monographs, the aesthetics of simplification and elegant variation of
pedagogy, the quotidian mathematical task of "looking up the formula."
As unusual as the purity of the primary literature of mathematics,
then, is the durability of the secondary.
While the retrieved formulae, conversions of notation, etc., are
perhaps "less pure" mathematics than what Quinn had in mind,
mathematics they are nevertheless. Quinn has (inadvertently?)
restricted the literature "of mathematics" to the production of novel
theorems. But that is not all that mathematicians do, even
peer-reviewed mathematicians; and in any case other communities need to
refer to other parts of that literature. If my play along Internet is
at all effective, the promise of electronic publication to ease our
very real retrieval problems for the "facts" of the matter--notation,
decompositions, identities--is more important than access of equal
immediacy to the axioms and proofs that concern the mathematicians
creating these works for the first time. That is not the only moment of
creation that matters.
Date:         Mon, 6 Dec 1993 10:09:09 EST
Reply-To:     David Robison <robison@nwnet.net>
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From:         David Robison <robison@nwnet.net>
Subject:      Re: Libraries
In-Reply-To:  <9312032046.AA28329@norman.nwnet.net>
I would suggest writing a release announcing the journal that specifically
mentions distribution to libraries, but also terms for other subscribers
(if they are different).  The announcement should be sent to lists
related to the topic of the journal (Teaching English as a Second
Langauge).  If there is a searchable archive, that information should be
included in the release, and the release could also be sent to the
Library Gopher list (G04LIB-L@UCSBVM).
You could also announce the journal to PACS-L@UHUPVM1, the largest library
lis, with over 6,0000 (or is it 8,000?) readers.  This list is called the
Public-Access Computer Systems forum, and is devoted to library issues
relating to computers.
Hope this helps,
David F.W. Robison                                      robison@nwnet.net
Educational Documentation Specialist                    206.562.3000(Voice)
Author, Internet Passport (5th ed.)                     206.562.4822(Fax)
P.S. Hi Maggi!
On Fri, 3 Dec 1993, Margaret E Sokolik wrote:
> I have a question for those who have dealt with libraries
> in the distribution of your journals. We at TESL-EJ are
> wondering what the best method of contact might be. We
> are offering free distribution to libraries. How has
> contact been handled?
> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
> Maggi Sokolik, Editor
> msokolik@uclink.berkeley.edu
> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Date:         Mon, 6 Dec 1993 10:09:45 EST
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From:         phil-preprints-admin@cogsci.l.chiba-u.ac.jp
Subject:      News from the IPPE
News from the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange
===========================================================  30 Nov 93
Usership and submissions
------------------------ In recent weeks, usage of the IPPE has remained
steady at about 4500 accesses per month.  However, probably due to the
approaching end of the semester in many parts of the world, the rate of
new submissions has temporarily dipped.  Approximately 20 new papers are
at some stage or other of the submission process, and we hope to be able
to announce several batches of newly available papers within the next
few weeks.
Books, journals, and conferences
-------------------------------- Other new developments are also in the
works.  We shall soon be opening a new directory (and Gopher menu) for
journals, book series, and conferences, within which we will be making
available abstracts, tables of contents, and in some cases introductory
essays of forthcoming issues of journals, forthcoming volumes in book
series, and papers to be presented at conferences.  Thus far, we have
firm arrangements with two journals and with one book series.  We would
be glad to hear from others who might be interested in a similar
North American mirror site
-------------------------- Courtesy of Professor Michael Hart of Project
Gutenberg, a mirror image of the IPPE archive will shortly be available
for ftp users at a North American mirror site, mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu (the
main site in Japan, Phil-Preprints.L.Chiba-U.ac.jp, will of course also
remain available to users worldwide).  North American users, as well as
certain others, may prefer to ftp to the North American site.  On
mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu, the IPPE archive can be found in the directory
Please note that mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu cannot accept IPPE submissions;
for submission information, see below.
Other mirror sites
------------------ Other sites interested in keeping an automated mirror
image of the IPPE archive are desired, especially in parts of the world
which do not yet have a nearby IPPE mirror.  We would especially like to
have additional mirror sites in Europe and Australasia.  To mirror the
IPPE, you need to be able to commit a considerable amount of disk space
(no less than 100 MB, although only half that will be needed
immediately), to be willing to install and run the Washington University
ftp server (wuftpd), and to be willing to transmit the relevant potions
of the ftp server's log files to the Chiba site periodically (we have
automated software that will accomplish this).  All interested parties
are invited to contact us at the address
<phil-preprints-admin@phil-preprints.l.chiba-u.ac.jp> to discuss matters.
Placing your own working papers on the IPPE
------------------------------------------- The IPPE welcomes working
papers in all areas of philosophy.  Authors who place their papers on
the IPPE benefit from the comments and criticisms of philosophers
worldwide: on average, a paper placed on the IPPE is read twice a day,
in the first month alone.  Authors retain copyright, and papers remain
fully publishable.  If you wish to place a paper on the IPPE, please
contact Carolyn Burke (cburke@nexus.yorku.ca), who will be pleased to
guide you throught the processs of submitting your paper by email, ona
diskette, or by ftp.  (Expert ftp users may wish to simply connect to
Phil-Preprints.L.Chiba-U.ac.jp, read the file pub/submissions/README,
and upload their papers using the procedure described therein.)
Accessing the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange
By gopher: "gopher apa.oxy.edu" or "gopher kasey.umkc.edu".
By ftp:    "ftp Phil-Preprints.L.Chiba-U.ac.jp", or
           "ftp mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu"
By email:  "mail phil-preprints-service@Phil-Preprints.L.Chiba-U.ac.jp".
To place a paper or comment on the IPPE: see pub/submissions/README.
If you have questions: send mail to <cburke@nexus.yorku.ca>.
Date:         Mon, 6 Dec 1993 10:11:01 EST
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From:         IAN.WORTHINGTON@classics.utas.edu.au
Subject:      PLEASE READ RE: *EA*
This is an apology to everyone who keeps getting mail aimed at either
myself or both editors of *EA*.
It would appear that someone wrote to me and accidentally got me on the
distribution list I keep for subscribers of *EA*, and that two others
(please God no more) have simply replied via the first message and in the
process bounced their messages off this list.
Please make sure if you write that you do so either to my own e-mail
address or the journal's address.
Many thanks, and apologies again.
Ian W
Ian Worthington,
Department of Classics,
University of Tasmania,
Hobart, Tasmania 7001,
Tel. (002) 202-294 (direct)
Fax (002) 202-288
e-mail:  Ian.Worthington@classics.utas.edu.au
Date:         Tue, 7 Dec 1993 08:07:32 EST
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From:         Ellen Sleeter <esleeter@ani.ieee.org>
Subject:      Old BIP question
In response to the question about BIP online, I had technical difficulty
while trying to send the message below, and don't know if I ever posted
something to the net in lieu of this message.
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Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1993 10:12:08
From: esleeter (Ellen Sleeter)
Subject: Re: _Books-In-Print_ online?
Message-ID: <qcf379c9@tau>
In-Reply-To: <9311231343.AA00664@omega.ani.ieee.org>
Re:  Books in Print, online...
Also, OCLC has just announced a joint venture with Bowker, publisher of
Books In Print, that will link the OCLC Union Catalog with the BIP database
to facilitate book ordering by members of OCLC, available in Fall of 1994.
Saw a news item in the IDP Report, November 5, *1993*, p. 6.
(Don't ask me what IDP stands for... I think it has to do with _D_atabase
_P_ublishing, which would be why we subscribe to it)  :-)
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Date:         Tue, 7 Dec 1993 08:08:23 EST
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From:         "Larry W. Virden" <lwv26@cas.org>
Organization: Nedriv Software and Shoe Shiners, Uninc.
Subject:      Re: Bark Magazine?
I saw this CNN note - I think it was on Future Watch this past weekend.
Bark is supported by some Record company.  They have an online BBS or
some similar setup where young folk can log on and submit stories.  Then
the editorial crew format things into a newspaper format and apparently create
paper copy and ship it out.  I too was interested in finding out more.
Along similar lines, apparently somewhere in the electronic wilderness
Nickelodeon TV has online support - anyone know details of this?
As a last hurrah, this week's NextStep techie show announced their Compuserve
address after doing an article on the president and vp's internet availability.
The Science Fiction Channel's 'news' program Sci-Fi Buzz has been threatening
to tell us theirs, another member of the channel's staff _has_ been arond
on rec.arts.tv.sf, the discovery channel and the learning channel have sections
on the electronic newsstand and mtv's Adam Curry has his own mtv.com system.
Of course, Time (or is it newsweek) and Disney magazine have their sections
on America Online, and a number of other mags I know are out there on
Compuserve, etc.  Sure would be nice to have an electonic 'phone book' of
all these contact addresses...
The non-computer media is taking notice of the electronic frontier.
:s Great net resources sought...
:s Larry W. Virden                 INET: lvirden@cas.org
:s Personal: 674 Falls Place,   Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-1614
The task of an educator should be to irrigate the desert not clear the forest.
Date:         Wed, 8 Dec 1993 08:24:37 EST
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From:         Steve Minton <minton@ptolemy.arc.nasa.gov>
Subject:      JAIR
I'd like to let this group know about a new e-journal which is pursing
an interesting strategy. The Journal of Artificial Intelligence
Research (JAIR) started accepting submissions in June of this year.
From an e-publishing point of views, it's notable because:
  -- it's published both electronically and by a traditional publisher.
     (Note: the publisher will be publishing each complete volume,
      not individual issues.)
  -  the electronic version is free over the internet. (Articles are
     published in PostScript.)
Although we have only been publishing for a few months, it looks as if
the electronic version of the journal will be successful, judging from
the number (and quality) of the submissions we have been receiving. In
addition to the two points above, JAIR's success in attracting good
submissions has been aided by having a prestigious international
editorial board, and by making sure our turnaround time (reviewing,
etc) is much faster than any other journal in the field.  The
electronic form of JAIR also presents some added value over
traditional journals, for instance, we allow source code, experimental
data, and demos to be electronically "published" in on-line appendices
to articles.
Basically, this journal can be distributed for free because almost
everything is done by volunteers (the editorial staff), as part of
their normal jobs as academics and researchers. The journal itself is
run by a non-profit corporation, which has granted the publisher
rights to publish the hardcopy volume. We been greatly aided by
several universities and research labs that have allowed us to use
their facilities as electronic archive sites. The publisher has also
been very helpful.  Presumably, the publisher's revenue will come
primarily from sales to libraries and individuals who don't want to
rely completely on an electronic archive. Since we will basically give
them a finished product to publish, they have very little in the way
of costs. (We are not sure what the role of the publisher will be in 5
years, but we will be happy to work with them to see what added value
they can provide.)
Also critical to the success we have had (so far), is that our
readership consists of computer scientists. They generally have easy
access to the internet and are used to passing around PostScript
articles over the net. I suspect that in the future, as the net
expands, and e-publishing tools improve, that journals like JAIR will
be possible in many communities besides computer scientists.
JAIR is available over the internet via gopher, a USENET newsgroup,
ftp, automated email, etc.  For more information about the journal,
send electronic mail to jair@cs.cmu.edu with the subject
``autorespond'' and the message body ``help'', or contact
jair-ed@ptolemy.arc.nasa.gov. Below is an announcement that went out
over the net earlier this year which explains the basics. (I've edited
it a bit to make it shorter.)
- Steve Minton
The AI Access Foundation is pleased to announce that the Journal of
Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) is now available over the
JAIR is a refereed publication, covering all areas of AI.  In addition
to being published electronically, each complete volume of JAIR will
be published by Morgan Kaufmann.  JAIR offers AI researchers
several advantages over existing journals:
 --  To promote rapid publication of research results, articles sent to
     JAIR will be reviewed and returned to the authors in approximately
     6 weeks. Electronic publication will occur immediately after the
     editor receives the final version of an accepted article.
 --  Articles will be distributed free of charge over the internet via ftp,
     automated email, and a newsgroup. Articles will be available
     in postscript.
 --  Subscribers will be able to take full advantage of the electronic medium.
     JAIR will support a variety of electronic services, such as
     online appendices containing data/code.
JAIR will only publish articles of the highest quality.  Submissions
will be evaluated on their originality and significance.  All claims
should be clearly articulated and justified either empirically or
theoretically.  Papers should describe work that has both practical
and theoretical significance.
We encourage authors to be concise. Short, high-quality articles will
be welcomed, in addition to the longer articles that traditionally
appear in AI journals. JAIR will also publish technical notes -- very
brief papers that extend or evaluate previous work.  We invite
submissions in all areas of AI, including automated reasoning,
cognitive modeling, knowledge representation, learning, natural
language, perception, and robotics.
                          EXECUTIVE EDITOR
                           Steven Minton
                          ASSOCIATE EDITORS
              Jon Doyle                      Richard Korf
              Fausto Giunchiglia             Wendy Lehnert
              Henry Kautz                    Richard Sutton
                                             Daniel Weld
                           EDITORIAL BOARD
Yuichiro Anzai            Julia Hirschberg              Ross Quinlan
Rodney Brooks             Lawrence Hunter               Edwina Rissland
Murray Campbell           Takeo Kanade                  Paul Rosenbloom
Thomas Dean               Hiroaki Kitano                Stuart Russell
Rina Dechter              Pat Langley                   Erik Sandewall
Gerald DeJong             Ramon Lopez de Mantaras       Bart Selman
Johan de Kleer            David McAllester              Stuart Shieber
Didier Dubois             Kathleen McKeown              Douglas Smith
Edmund Durfee             Stephen Muggleton             Luc Steels
David Etherington         Hideyuki Nakashima            Anthony Stentz
Oren Etzioni              Nils Nilsson                  Peter Struss
Kenneth Forbus            Toyoaki Nishida               Hozumi Tanaka
Michael Georgeff          Christos Papadimitriou        Austin Tate
Matthew Ginsberg          Judea Pearl                   David Touretzky
Walter Hamscher           Tomaso Poggio                 Michael Wellman
Date:         Wed, 8 Dec 1993 08:25:21 EST
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From:         Strangelove Press <mstrange@news.fonorola.net>
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Subject:      The Internet Business Journal 1.5 Online Sample
The Internet Business Journal
     Commercial Opportunities in the Networking Age
The first and foremost information source for the
commercial Internet community.
Volume 1,  Number 5 - November 1993
For subscription information, contact
Note that The Internet Business Journal is a hardcopy
(print) publication. For a complete electronic sample
copy, e-mail Mstrange@Fonorola.Net and request the file ibj.6
New Editor
The publishers are pleased to announce a new Editor-in-
Chief for The Internet Business Journal --  Aneurin
Bosley. Mr. Bosley will continue to guide the growth of
IBJ into a resource-orientated, practical, and easy-to-
read survey of the latest trends, resources, tools, and
strategies for both the new and experienced business
user of the Internet.
Advertising on the Internet
  This article discusses some of the pitfalls that
advertisers will encounter when they venture onto the
Satellite-Delivered Usenet Newsfeed
  Home satellite receivers are now available which can
deliver Usenet news from over 6000 groups right to the
user's home. Ideal for those without access to all
Software on the Net
  Documentation on eight useful pieces of publicly
available software that will help you use the Net more
The Newspaper of the Future
  The electronic newspaper can offer many advantages
over its paper counterpart. Here is one idea about what
newspapers may look like in the future.
Government Online
  A selection of eleven government-oriented resources
for research and general interest.
Industry Profile: O'Reilly and Associates
  An overview of one of the Internet's biggest
publishing success stories.
The Essential Internet:
The Emergence of Electric Gaia
  An article about the rise of a new global culture
where time, space, and personal identity are redefined.
Resources for Business, Commerce and Industry
  Twenty-four Internet-accessible resources and
services for the networked business.
Internet Publishing News
  Fourteen items of interest to Internet-facilitated
How to Use the Internet
  A new section documenting helpful guides and
discovery-oriented tools available on the Internet.
The Merger - Bell and TCI
  An analysis of the highly publicized merger of two
industry giants --  Bell Atlantic and TCI.
Advertising on the Internet
Advertising on the Internet is a new regular column by
Michael Strangelove, publisher of The Internet Business
Journal, and author of the new book, "How to Advertise
on the Internet: An Introduction to Internet-
Facilitated Marketing." Advertising on the Internet
will examine cultural issues for Internet advertisers;
explain tools, tips, and trends in Internet-facilitated
marketing; and review the variety of advertising that
appears on the Internet, both good and bad. The focus
will be on informing the business community of the
responsible and effective use of the Internet as a
marketing and communication tool --  for what is good
advertising if not good communication?
Advertising on the Internet is not a new phenomenon --
it has been going on for a long time in a variety of
fashions: passive, active, unsolicited, direct mailing,
subtle hints, bold statements, and free samples. Yet
most advertisers will fail in their initial attempt at
Internet-facilitated advertising. This is not at all
surprising given that most advertising in any medium is
woefully ineffective, mind-bogglingly boring, and
uncreative at best --  deceptive and annoying at worst.
Why will most advertisers fail when they succumb to the
seduction of the virgin fields of the Internet?
Traditional advertising will fail to achieve results on
the Internet because this virtual community is oriented
towards content. In contrast, advertisers usually sell
through promoting image and style --  broad archetypes
delivered to mass audiences. But the language of the
Internet, for the majority of its population, and for
some time to come, is low ASCII (Aa-Zz, 1-9 text plus a
few miscellaneous characters). More than being a mainly
text-based environment, the Internet is first and
foremost an oral culture, where the keyboard mediates
the spoken word to a complex matrix of subcultures.
Sensitivity to Internet culture will define success for
any business entering into this global matrix.
The business world is going to have to learn a new
language when it communicates to the Internet community
--  the language of content-based, interactive,
community-orientated dialogue. Unidirectional
pontification coming from the lofty heights of
corporate sales and marketing offices will only
alienate the typical Internet user. To be accepted by
the majority of Internet users, a business will need to
participate in the virtual communities they wish to
reach. This means that business must be willing and
prepared to enter into dialogue in an appropriate
manner on the appropriate forums. Unlike any other
medium familiar to advertisers, the Internet is fully
bi-directional. Businesses must be prepared to answer
for their products or services if they are less than
100% satisfactory. The Internet user will not hesitate
to make their complaints known to both the offending
business and to the rest of the Internet community!
For the immediate future, the costs of Internet-
facilitated advertising will not be associated with
expensive visual productions, but with the labour
required to dialogue with the desired market areas
found within over five thousand discussion forums. This
labour factor will become a critical consideration for
truly responsible, responsive, and effective Internet
advertising as the staggering Internet growth rate
pushes these numbers to tens of thousands of forums and
hundreds of millions of users over the next decade.
For quite some time to come, the Internet will not
represent a mass market such as TV where content is
controlled and packaged to a limited number of
predefined and demographically homogenous audiences
consisting of millions of viewers. There are no mass
markets on the Internet --  only micro communities with
distinct histories, rules, and concerns. The challenge
for the Internet-facilitated business is to find a way
to reach these communities on their terms, respecting
their local customs.
Watch this column for specific techniques on using the
Internet to engage in that unique form of business
communication called advertising.
For subscription information, contact
Mstrange@Fonorola.Net (TEL: 613-565-0982 FAX: 613-564-
6641, Subscription Manager, 208 Somerset Street East,
Suite A, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, K1N 6V2)
Copyright (C) 1993 by Strangelove Internet Enterprises,
Inc. All rights reserved. This document may be archived
for public use in electronic or other media, so long as
it is maintained in its entirety and no fee is charged
to the user; any exception requires written consent
from Strangelove Internet Enterprises.
Date:         Fri, 10 Dec 1993 08:29:54 EST
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From:         Howard Pasternack <blips15@brownvm.bitnet>
Subject:      Re: The Internet Business Journal 1.5 Online Sampl
What is the difference between this online sample and a publisher's
blurb advertising a new publication.
And isn't there something peculiar about the Internet Business
Journal being a *print* publication.
Howard Pasternack
Brown University
Date:         Mon, 13 Dec 1993 08:36:43 EST
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From:         mwhite@genie.geis.com
Subject:      Press Rel: Digital Quill Award
                                          CONTACT: Ron Albright
                                 Digital Publishing Association
                                              1160 Huffman Road
                                           Birmingham, AL 35215
                                          Voice: (205) 856-9510
                                            FAX: (205) 853-8478
                             Internet: ralbright@genie.geis.com
            PRESS NOTICE: For Immediate Release
 Birmingham, Alabama - December 6, 1993: The Digital Publishing
 Association, the first and only trade organization for the
 electronic publishing industry, today announced the winners of
 the Second Annual "Digital Quill" Awards for Excellence in
 Electronic Publishing.
 The Quill Award competition, originating in 1992, was open to
 all authors and publishers, regardless of DPA membership status.
 The only requirement was that the materials submitted for
 judging must have been previously published in electronic
 format. Submitted materials must have either been uploaded to an
 online system or distributed on disk for reading by computer as
 digital materials.
 In making the announcement, Ron Albright, President of the DPA,
 said "This volume and quantity of this year's entries clearly
 show that digital publishing is 'alive and well' at the
 grassroots level. While the industry press shows that the "big
 players" are just sticking their toes in the electronic
 publishing waters, the grassroots authors and publishers are
 already swimming about in the waters. This year's Quill entries
 were an amazing array of quality works that are pushing
 'paperless publishing' to the limit of their imagination and
 skills. It is clear to the DPA that 1993 was a 'breakthrough'
 year for digital publishing and that the industry is poised to
 take off in the next 12 months." The Quill Awards are awarded
 during the DPA's annual November "Digital Publishing Month"
 activities. Additional acitivites are planned during the month
 to publicize the electronic publishing industry to both the
 computer and literary consumer.
 The winners for the existing categories are as follows:
 Award Categories:
 Serial Publication - a weekly, monthly or otherwise
 regularly-scheduled publication that has been issued for at
 least 6 months (or at least 3 editions) available prior to July,
 1993. This category included both fiction and non-fiction
 magazines and newsletters.
   First Place - Ruby's Pearls (Del Freeman, Editor)
   Second Place - WonderDisk (Walter Gammons, Editor)
   Third Place (TIE) - Smoke & Mirrors (Lucia Chambers, Editor)
                       Randon Access Humor (Dave Bealer, Editor)
 Short Story - a single original story appearing either alone or
 as part of an anthology or magazine and published in digital format.
   First Place - "Kent's Place" (Fictional Series; Del Freeman,
                 Editor from "Ruby's Pearls" electronic magazine
   Second Place - "How To Roll A Perfect Cigarette" - Jeffrey Osier
   Third Place - "The Dirt Eaters" - Richard Cox
 Fiction Book - an original (eliminating reprints of the
 "classics" in digital format) fiction work. Minimum: 30,000 words.
   First Place - Vamp! (Larry Blasko)
   Second Place - The Angel of Death (Bruce Gilkin; FloppyBack, Inc.)
   Third Place - Eternal Man (Vernon Davis)
 Non-Fiction Book - an original non-fiction book in digital format.
 Length: 35,000 words minimum.
   First Place - Civil War Computer Archive (Bob Patterson)
   Second Place - Prism Guide (Gary Smith)
   Third Place - Financial Survival (Vernon Davis)
 Publishing software - a software program (Shareware or
 traditionally marketed) designed for publishing text and/or
 graphics and facilitating their distribution and viewing.
 Nominations will be accepted from users as well as original
   First Place - DART (Ted Husted)
   Second Place - ReadRoom (Michael Gibbs; Exhibit A Communications)
   Third Place (Tie) - Orpheus (Rod Willmot)
                       HyperRead Generator (David Leithauser)
 Miscellaneous - a niche to encompass poetry, graphic
 collections, comics, CD-ROM and other publications outside the
 standard categories.
   First Place: NEWSBYTES Archives (Newsbytes Staff; CD-ROM)
   Second Place: "It All Comes Down to ___" (Robert Kendall)
   Third Place: "Mack the Mouse" (Don Lokke)
                             # # #
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Subject:      News from the IPPE
News from the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange
=========================================================== 12 Dec 93
Contents and summaries of _Poznan Studies_ volumes
-------------------------------------------------- The IPPE is pleased to
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The tables of contents and guest-editors' introductory essays of volumes
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Contents and abstracts from _Philosophy of the Social Sciences_
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Other journals to be available soon; invitation remains open
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From:         IAN.WORTHINGTON@classics.utas.edu.au
Subject:      *ELECTRONIC ANTIQUITY* 1, 7
*Electronic Antiquity* will be taking its summer holidays in December and
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1994.  The editors welcome contributions.  Submissions to *Features*
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From:         Strangelove Press <mstrange@news.fonorola.net>
Organization: fONOROLA
Subject:      Internet Business Journal Gopher
Gopher gopher.fonorola.net
THE INTERNET BUSINESS JOURNAL now has a freely accessible Gopher
archive. The complete text of the November 1993 issue is now available.
Also available is the complete text of Internet Advertising Review
issue 1.1. All future issues of Internet Advertising Review will also be
made available through this Gopher.
Stay tuned to this Gopher for the complete text of the
Directory of Internet Trainers and Consultants (First Edition) and the
Directory of Electronic Journals and Newsletters (Third Edition)
-- both will be available in the next two weeks.
Special thanks to fONOROLA Inc., for making this Gopher archive possible.
Internet Business Journal/
Sample Issues/
November 1993/
1.  November_1993_Full_Text_[1866-lines].
2.  Table_of_Contents.
3.  Advertising_on_the_Internet.
4.  The_Newspaper_of_the_Future.
5.  Industry_Profile.
6.   Satellite-Delivered_Usenet_Newsfeed.
7.  The_Essential_Internet.
8.  The_Merger.
9.  Resources_for_Business.
10. Government_Online.
11. How_to_Use_the_Internet.
12. Internet_Publishing_News.
13. Software_on_the_Net.
14. Internet_Access_News.
For a complete sample copy by e-mail (Issue 1.5), contact
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