Jacques F. Vallee
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[Other Publications]

The Heart of the Internet
Au Coeur d'Internet
Electronic Meetings
Computer Message Systems
The Network Revolution
British edition of The Network Revolution
German edition of The Network Revolution
Swedish edition of the Network Revolution
Les Enjeux du Millenaire
The Four Elements of Financial Alchemy
Fran├žais d'Ailleurs Essai

Computer Message Systems

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, New York 1984
Data Communications Book Series
Hardcover, 163 pages, illustrated, indexed


Part One: The Need for Message Systems

1: A Technology for Effective Communications
- A technological and social leap
- Communications patterns -The technology and its cost
- Case Study 1: Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

2: The Message environment. The Organization, its management, its culture.
- Characteristics of organizations
- Group interaction and participation patterns
- The Culture of the organization - A simple test
- Case Study 2: NASA

3. The Assessment of Communications Needs
- The internal communications audit
- Communications costs and time productivity - Hidden benefits
- Case Study 3: Petroleum applications

Part Two: The Tools of Message Systems

4. Tools of electronic mail: The example of Arpanet and Plato
- Electronic mail in business systems: Comeet and On-Tyme
- User roles in an advanced system: Jenny
- Case study 4: Electronic mail in an R&D llaboratory

5. Tools of Conferencing
- What conferencing does
- User-level functions in two business systems: Participate and Notepad
- Specialized roles in conferencing
- Case study 5: Engineering construction

6. Analysis of Group Communication
- Capturing group usage and cost data
- User-level statistics: message distribution and participation rates
- Case study 6: The U.S. Geological Survey

Part Three: Management of Message Systems

7. Introducing and Facilitating new Applications
- Learning - Organizational Patterns
- Long-term issues and opportunities
- Case Study 7: The 1982 Office Automation conference

8. The Special Case of Synchronous Communications
- Applications of live conferences
- Behavior of Synchronous groups
- Computer conferencing and decision support
- Case Study 8: From Three-mile Island to Diablo Canyon

9. Tomorrow: Message Systems on Public Networks
- Bulletin Boards and electronic newspapers
- The dream of videotex
- Public networks: The issues
- Case study 9: An electronic journal sponsored by the British Library