General Background to Electronic Conferences
The World-Wide Web is in essence a document delivery system which is
bounded not so much by the physical restraints of a collection of
paper or a computer disk, but of what is known as the Internet. Its
growth over the last four years is without precedent, and it is being
rapidly adopted by both academic and commercial interests to deliver
a wide variety of digital information. The central metaphor used is
that of the "hyperlink", in which an underlined word or phrase or
image acts as the link to another "document fragment". Document in
this context most often means a collection of structured text, but
images, animations and sounds are also often used.
Starting in 1994, chemically oriented electronic conferences using this medium
started to appear. The first one in the area of organic chemistry was
known as ECTOC-1, which grew out of a project called
"CLIC". The aim then was to promote
the use of such electronic means of communication amongst the organic chemistry
community. The CD-ROM resulting from this event can be ordered for inspection
here. ECHET96 is the second such conference in the series.
For further reading, consult the following
- H. S. Rzepa, B. J.
Whitaker and M. J. Winter, J.
Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1994, 1907
- O. Casher, G. Chandramohan, M. Hargreaves, C. Leach, P. Murray-Rust, R. Sayle, H. S. Rzepa and B. J. Whitaker,
"Hyperactive Molecules and the World-Wide-Web Information System", J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans 2, 1995, 7.
- J. H.
Krieger and D. L. Illman, Chem. & Eng. News, 1994
(December 12), p29; J. H. Krieger, Chem. & Eng.
News, 1995 (August 21) p35
- S. M. Bachrach, J. Chem. Inf. Comp. Science, 1995, 35, 431.
- H. S. Rzepa, Tr.
Analyt. Chem., 1995, 14, 240.
- M. J. Winter,
H. S. Rzepa and B. J. Whitaker, Chem.
Brit., 1995, 685.
- The Internet: A Guide for Chemists (Ed. S. M. Bachrach),
ISBN 0-8412-3224-5 (paper) LC 95-41967 Catalog No. 419-32237, ACS Books, 1996.
- Electronic Conference on Trends in Organic Chemistry: ECTOC-1 (Eds. H. S. Rzepa,
J. M. Goodman and C. Leach (CD-ROM), ISBN 0 85404 899 5, Royal Society of Chemistry publications, 1996.