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GILS Discussion List

The GILS discussion list is a public, moderated computer forum open to anyone interested in discussing development, implementation, deployment, policy, and technical issues surrounding the Global Information Locator Service (GILS) initiative. The GILS forum provides the opportunity for government and non-government organizations, Z39.50 implementors, librarians, information service providers, public interest groups, the general public, and others to participate in discussions related to the GILS. The GILS forum will also announce and provide electronic access to documents related to the GILS initiative.

Since the GILS architecture is an application to identify and locate information resources in a variety of networked information environments , the broad scope of the discussion on the GILS forum may include topics such as the use of GILS in an international context, the technical implementation details of GILS, the creation of GILS records, development of generalized Uniform Resource Identifiers, and the use of ANSI/NISO Z39.50 in the GILS. In addition, the GILS forum provides a point of contact for vendors who are developing GILS products and services and potential users of these products and services.

TO JOIN THE GILS FORUM:

You may join this forum at any time by sending this command as an e-mail note to the Coalition ListProcessor (LISTPROC@CNI.ORG)

subscribe <listname> <your real name>

e.g. SUBSCRIBE GILS John Doe

TO LEAVE THE GILS FORUM:

You may leave this forum at any time by sending this command as an e-mail note to the Coalition ListProcessor (LISTPROC@CNI.ORG)

UNSUBSCRIBE GILS

or

SIGNOFF GILS

TO SEND MAIL TO THE GILS FORUM:

By sending electronic mail to the address GILS@CNI.ORG, you will distribute messages to the other participants of this list. The GILS forum is moderated, and as a result postings may be delayed by up to one full day before they are approved for distribution to the list. Any posting may be withheld from a list at the discretion of the moderator, if it is deemed to be beyond the intended scope of the list.

REPLY FUNCTION:

Outgoing mail on the GILS forum is configured with a "Reply-To:" field which will direct mail to the list. Using the automatic reply function on your local mail system should return your reply to ALL THE READERS OF THIS FORUM, not just to the person who sent the original posting. Please do not use the automatic reply functions on your local mailers unless you intend everyone to see your comments. If you wish to communicate with the original sender, locate his/her address in the "From:" field and send a new piece of mail to him/her. The forum moderator will attempt to screen notes sent to the forum in error, but this is not always fool-proof. Please use discretion in composing your replies.

ARCHIVES OF THE GILS FORUM:

(See also GILS Subgroup Meeting Notes 1995 - 1997 )

Archives of the GILS forum are automatically maintained using the ListProcessor, and are also available through FTP, Gopher, or the Listprocessor itself. Information for FTP or Gopher access is contained in the URLs below.

URL: ftp://ftp.cni.org/pub/forums/gils

URL: gopher://gopher.cni.org:70/11/cniftp/pub/forums/gils

Requests to retrieve or search archives from the ListProcessor can be submitted via e-mail. All commands submitted via electronic mail should be placed in the body of the message, not in the Subject field of the header. Please omit extraneous text, such as signature files from the body of the message.

To receive an index of all files in the archive of GILS, send this command (as an e-mail) note to LISTPROC@CNI.ORG

INDEX GILS

Files can then be retrieved by mailing a GET request to LISTPROC@CNI.ORG

GET GILS LOG9508

THE USE OF VACATION PROGRAMS AND THE GILS FORUM:

The ListProcessor will attempt to screen messages from the list that are delivered as the result of an auto-reply feature such as the vacation program. However, not all vacation messages are properly trapped all of the time, and the submission of these messages to the list can result in a condition known as an infinite loop. For every message your account receives, it send a reply back to this forum -- which in turn sends you another note.

For this reason, if you wish to use a vacation program while you are away from your e-mail, please postpone delivery of your mail for this list. Mail can be postponed by sending this command (as an e-mail note) to the LISTPROC@CNI.ORG

set <listname> mail postpone

e.g. SET GILS MAIL POSTPONE

When you return, or otherwise wish to resume delivery of your mail, please send this command (again, as an e-mail note) to the address LISTPROC@CNI.ORG

set <listname> mail ack

e.g. SET GILS MAIL ACK

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS FORUM:

All questions regarding the substance of, or policies related to, the postings on this forum should be directed to the list's moderator Eliot Christian <echristi@usgs.gov>

All queries regarding difficulties with mail or requests for technical assistance with the ListProcessor should be addressed to the list owner Craig A. Summerhill <listmgr@cni.org>

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION:

For further information on GILS, please access these services:

/index.html

gopher://www.cni.org/pub/gils

All questions regarding the substance of, or policies related to, the discussions on this forum should be sent to Eliot Christian echristi@usgs.gov.

COALITION FOR NETWORKED INFORMATION:

The Coalition for Networked Information pursues its mission with the assistance of a task force of over two hundred institutions and organizations that provides focus and resources which are crucial to the ability of the Coalition to articulate and share visions of how information management must change in the 1990s to meet the social and economic opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Members of the Coalition Task Force include, among others, higher education institutions, publishers, network service providers, computer hardware, software, and systems companies, library networks and organizations, and public and state libraries, a truly expert and diverse collaboration of stake-holders in information resource management. Currently 212 organizations and institutions are members of the Coalition Task Force.

To see a membership list, send this command (as an e-mail note) to the address LISTPROC@CNI.ORG

GET CNI-ANNOUNCE CNIMEMBERS


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