- Last Updated Dec 10, 2014
Identifying the main networks for researchers • Increasing the visibility of your publications thanks to social networks Finding collaborators via social networks • Contributing to a social network
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A mailing list is a list of email addresses to which one can subscribe to receive information on specific topics. Mailing lists can also be used for discussions and for the delivery of online newspapers. A mailing list brings together a number of users with a shared interest in a topic, a discipline, a profession, etc.
Discussion forums are places such as websites, web pages, or other web platforms (Usenet forums) where registered Internet users can interact.
Discussions are usually classified by topics that are themselves classified into various categories. All discussions can usually be seen by the participants and some may also be accessible to any Internet user.
What can mailing lists and discussion forums be used for?
- Following a topic:
Discussion platforms such as mailing lists, forums and groups offer communities of Internet users a means to interact over a shared topic of interest. Users can exchange news and resources on the topic of their choice.
- Interacting and communicating:
Information exchange can easily lead to discussions or debates, which makes it all the more interesting to follow a topic. Lists and forums are also a way to develop a "network" of contacts and resource persons, which can be very useful in the long term.
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