[Humanist] 30.832 history of online scholarly communications?

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Mon Mar 20 07:17:48 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 832.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:25:12 +0000
        From: "O'Donnell, Dan" <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>
        Subject: History of Humanist-L, Medtext-l, Ansax-l, etc. (i.e. early scholarly communities online)

Hi all,

I'm in the process of writing something on online communities and scholarship. I'd appreciate any bibliographic help people can supply.

I'm particularly interested in the histories of the early scholarly communication lists--Ansax-l, Medtext-l, Humanist-l (are there others? Are there non-Anglo-American ones from the same period?

I can find a fair bit on Ansaxnet (see below); less on Humanist or Medtext. Or perhaps I should say, the google results on Medtext and, especially, Humanist, are very noisy compared to Ansaxnet.

In the case of Ansaxnet, a lot of the things I'm finding are buried in non-OCRd PDFs (e.g. some of the OEN things). I know about them because I knew to search for Pat and a lot are cited in other things. I'm guessing the same bibliographic situation might pertain to early material on other lists.

I apologise if I've overlooked something stunningly obvious.

Baker, Peter S. 1997. “Old English and Computing: A Guided Tour.” In Reading Old English Texts, edited by Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, 192–215. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Conner, Patrick. 1987. “Ansaxnet: Telecommunications for Anglo-Saxonists.” Old English Newspetter 20 (2): 25. http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/archive/OEN20_2.pdf.

Conner, Patrick W. 1992. “Networking in the Humanities: Lessons from ANSAXNET.” Computers and the Humanities 26 (3): 195–204. http://www.jstor.org/stable/30204467.

Earl, Jim, Pat Conner, Karen Jolly, Sarah Higley, Sarah Keefer, Connie Hieatt, Dan O’Donnell, et al. 1990. “Bi-Coastal Beowulfians of the ’90s: A Curious ANSAXNET Conversation [Excerpted from ANSAXNET, December 1990-February 1991].” Old English Newletter 24 (1): 36–39. http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/archive/OEN24_1.pdf.

“List of Mailing Lists from before 1992 - Everything Shii Knows.” 2017. Accessed March 19. http://shii.bibanon.org/shii.org/knows/List_of_mailing_lists_from_before_1992.html.

Patrick Conner. 1990. “Notes from ANSAXNET, Again.” Old English Newsletter 24 (1): 32–35. http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/archive/OEN24_1.pdf.

“The History of Humanities Computing Timeline.” 2017. Timetoast. Accessed March 19. http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/the-history-of-humanities-computing.

Daniel Paul O'Donnell
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