New USENET GIS newsgroup
rob at zorro.cecer.army.mil
Mon Jan 13 17:51:24 EST 1992
In an E-mail message, Duane F Marble said:
>Why do we need another GIS-L? If it were going to be moderated it might
The newsgroup shouldn't (and won't) be _another_ GIS-L; rather, it will be
another method of distribution of the current GIS-L. This has several
- sites that receive USEnet news will be able to access the list as a
newsgroup, rather than sending several copies of each letter to individual
users at each site.
- Members of the list can read USEnet news at their convenience. With a
newsgroup, people don't have to have cluttered mailboxes and can "catch up"
quickly when they haven't read for a while. Most modern newsreaders have
rather advanced thread-following and search/kill features as well, which
makes reading the list more productive.
- LISTSERV, while venerable, is quite old and based heavily on BITNET
transport (slow and cumbersome). Additionally, large clunky IBM mainframes
are more and more frequently being replaced by the MIS community. USEnet,
on the other hand, is modern and up-to-date; people describe it as "like
Tetris for people who haven't forgotten how to read."
- Lastly (and this is a double-edged sword), having a newsgroup will open the
list to a larger community, many of whom will be scientists in related
fields or have other unique approaches and answers to questions.
Basically, since people have arranged a bridge between GIS-L and the newsgroup,
nothing will be lost and a lot will be gained.
rob at zorro.cecer.army.mil Construction Engineering Research Lab, Corps of Eng.
knauer at cs.uiuc.edu UIUC Dept. of Computer Science, Gigabit Study Group
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