9.542 H-NET & Humanist

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 17:05:36 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 542.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Tzvee Zahavy <zahavy@andromeda.rutgers.edu> (19)
Subject: H-net

[2] From: David Chesnutt <David.Chesnutt@sc.edu> (22)
Subject: Re: 9.530 H-NET

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 08:15:52 -0500
From: Tzvee Zahavy <zahavy@andromeda.rutgers.edu>
Subject: H-net

Our list, H-Judaic, joined H-net a while back. There were some discussions
at the time about adjusting our practices to follow the H-net protocols. But
these were resolved without much pain. The main advantage is that we are
part of a community of lists. There is an annual meeting of the
administrators of the lists. So far, I have not gone. There is some funding.
So far, that has not come our way. There is publicity in the Chronicle etc.
And that can be good or bad. And there is a sense of evolving cultural
directions. For starters, that should give you a broad sense of the H-net
connection. As a long-time reader of Humanist, I think the list would
benefit from affiliation with H-net in many intangible ways. So I suggest
pursuing the relationship.
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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 09:55:15 -0500
From: David Chesnutt <David.Chesnutt@sc.edu>
Subject: Re: 9.530 H-NET

H-NET has proven to be a very effective way of drawing historians into
special interest discussion lists in almost every field of history. Like
most lists, the quality of a particular list within the group of lists
depends largely on the moderator. As I recall, each list does have an
advisory board to which the moderator can turn when thorny issues arise.

As for putting Humanist under the H-NET umbrella, my basic reaction is "not
a good idea." Humanist serves a diverse community drawn from many
disciplines. What draws us together is not the subject matter of a
particular discipline, but the use of computer applications in all
disciplines. Richard Jensen, the organizer of H-NET, used the Model-T
analogy in describing the historical community's lack of computer
knowledge. It's still an apt description.

Few historians would find the postings on "Blackbird" of interest simply
because they are not into computing at that level. I don't mean to
belittle their lack of expertise. We're all novices at some level. But
the level of "novices" among Humanist's subscribers is fairly advanced.
The few historians who are interested in computing at this list's level can
undoubtedly find their way to us.

In short, coming in under the H-NET umbrella simply doesn't seem to be a
"good fit" to me.

Enough said... David

David Chesnutt History Dept. Univ. of S. Carolina Columbia, SC 29208
Tel: 803-777-6525 Fax: 803-777-4494