>I am writting a project on computer networking in Africa. I would like to
>incorporate some of the opinions and ideas expressed on the list. However,
>since these are not 'publications', I do not know how to appropriately
>reference them in my paper. Could someone please help?
You've raised an important question. I am sure this is one of those
questions that the Internet community don't have answers to yet.It is true
that a chuck of the contributions to AFRIK-IT were well researched by their
authors and are therefore of high academic/research value. I am sure a
number of colleagues including myself has in the past made references to
some of the AFRIK-IT contributions in presentations and
What I normally do is to contact the author for permission to quote.... and
then in the actual presentation or paper I state that it was the Author's
contribution to a debate/discussion on "this or that subject" on AFRIK-IT,
a listserv runned by ANITEP. I am sure others may do it differently.
Anyway here is a suggestion:
1. Ask the Author for Permission to Quote (THIS IS IMPORTANT)
2. Quote in Paper/Presentation (and if possible, indicate that this is a
contribution to a discussion on [topic] on say, AFRIK-IT
3. For Referencing:
Author, "Topic of Discussion":A Contribution, AFRIK-IT Archives (Month
Year): List Address
Daniel Zaba, "Internet Influence on Rural Development": A Contribution,
AFRIK-IT Archives (May, 1996): [log in to unmask]
Others may have other suggestions. Let's hear from them.