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ERIC Number: ED260709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Selection of Electronic Networking Software and Hardware.
Rieck, Donald A.
This article discusses the issues that confront network users and systems operators when they explore and adapt their professional communications activities to electronic communication. (Electronic networking here refers to the use of the telephone and the computer to facilitate communication between or among professional groups in a variety of locations.) Networking is categorized into several functioning levels or types: level one--single user(s) and "host" system; level two--multiuser or local area network system; and level three--multinetwork system. Each level is defined in terms of equipment and personnel needed, and limitations of each system are noted. This article is specifically concerned with guidelines for level one, although some questions and guidelines are given for the other levels. Six major areas of concern relative to electronic networks and their selection are listed and discussed in terms of level one users: (1) define systems usage; (2) define where technical support and service will come from; (3) define how much funding is available and/or how much can be justified; (4) describe how "user-friendly" and adaptable the system must be; (5) determine the technical, physical scope of the network; and (6) determine the kinds of software capabilities that will be needed. Four priorities are listed for software needs: a communications package for hardware, a "starter kit" for some online network database, a software protocol and communications package for establishing one's own local network system, and specialized software to expand the local network. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A