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From: Jack Kessler 
Subject: French Libraries Online (15 Jun 95)

		French Libraries Online (Selected)

		As of: June 15, 1995

by:     Jack Kessler
        kessler@well.sf.ca.us

	** Remarkable new developments, including an extensive and
	expanding overview of Bibliothe`que de France resources (with
	impressive images!), may be found at http://www.culture.fr :
	probably the best first - step introduction to the current
	state of France and the French online.

Outline:

A) Libraries
	1) Minitel "kiosk" libraries
	2) Minitel "V23" Direct - Dial Libraries
	3) telnet (ie. from the Internet)
	4) WEBsites, Mosaic "home pages", etc.
	5) President's Report, Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques
B) Fulltext
	1) anonymous ftp sites
	2) gophers
	3) Fulltext archives
C) Discussion
	1) Electronic Conferences
	2) Usenet: a warning note

***
	
A) Libraries
 
		1) Minitel "kiosk" Libraries. 

These now may be reached from nearly anywhere via Minitel. Minitel is
generally available in Europe. Free MAC or DOS diskettes for Minitel
may be obtained in the US and Canada from voice telephone 800-MINITEL
-- they will fax you a form -- or via telnet from anywhere to
minitel.fr . Access policies do change from time to time.  Access to
all of this is very IN- expensive:

3615 BMLYON   	Bibliothe`que Municipale de Lyon 
3614 BMDIJON  	Bibliothe`que Municipale de Dijon 
3614 BIB      	Bibliothe`que Municipale de Grenoble 
3614 BIB38    	Grenoble, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3614 BIB38 code ECH  Echirolles, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3614 BIB38    	Pont de Claix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3614 MADOC    	Bibliothe`que Professionelle de France Te'le'com 
3614 MEDVIL   	Me'diathe`que, Cite' des Sciences et de l'Industrie
3614 NANCY    	Bibliothe`que Municipale de Nancy 
3614 VDP14    	Vide'othe`que de Paris 
3614 VINBIB   	Vincennes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3615 ABCDOC   	Archives, Bibliothe`ques, Centres de Documentation
               	(directory)
3615 BIBNAT   	Bibliothe`que Nationale (info. -- no opac, yet)
3615 BMLIM    	Limoges, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3615 BPI      	Bib. Publique d'Information (Centre Pompidou, Paris) 
3615 BRISE    	Bibliothe`ques de St. Etienne 
3615 DASTUM   	Photote`que Dastum, Breton culture 
3615 MARSEILLE 	Marseille, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3615 MIRADOC  	Bibliothe`que Universite' de Metz 
3615 VDP15    	Vide'othe`que de Paris 
3616 DOCTEL	La Documentation Franc,aise
3617 BIUP     	Bibliothe`que Inter-Universitaire de Pharmacie
3617 CCN      	Catalogue Collectif National des Publications en
               	Se'rie (national union catalog project, serials)
3617 PANCA    	Pancatalogue (national union catalog project, books)

		2) Minitel "V23" Direct-Dial Libraries. 

The following French library services are among a quickly increasing
number which may be reached by a telephone call, either from a Minitel
which can do so (European terminals can, but North American Minitel
service distributed per the above cannot), or using a V23 modem,
available in European computer stores. French scholars will be pleased
to see a number of famous resources appearing here. Even cheese
connoisseurs will find something familiar. Public librarians everywhere
will be pleased to see some very tiny and obscure institutions
appearing here, and they might note the extraordinary breadth of the
French "Bibliothe`que Municipale" (not quite a "public" library, but
the closest thing) offerings online:

39.11.10.04		Ache`res, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
79.37.17.22	  	Albertville, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
22.97.11.11       	Amiens, Bibliothe`que d' 
41.86.18.00	  	Angers, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
50.87.06.96	  	Annemasse, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
75.67.90.50	  	Annonay, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
90.49.38.88       	Arles, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
90.82.97.08	  	Avignon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
59.25.51.75	  	Bayonne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
44.06.36.17	  	Beauvais, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
21.56.69.72	  	Be'thune, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
43.77.01.22	  	Bonneuil sur Marne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
75.43.13.10	  	Bourg les Valence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
74.28.64.93	  	Bourgoin Jallieu, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
98.34.30.47	  	Brest, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
31.86.14.14       	Caen, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
56.89.88.89	  	Canejan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
92.98.19.19	  	Cannes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
56.38.39.10	  	Carbon Blanc, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
56.78.16.18 		Cestas, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
51.68.39.91	  	Challans, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
50.53.28.70       	Chamonix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
43.78.27.94	  	Charenton le Pont, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
92.64.01.80	  	Chateau Arnoux, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
80.51.98.91	  	Chenove, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
16.1.64.48.60.07  	Chilly-Mazarin, Bibliothe`que de 
46.48.38.38	  	Clamart, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
64.88.64.04	  	Combs La Ville, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
70.64.55.82	  	Commentry, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
98.50.84.85	  	Concarneau, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
34.90.04.89	  	Conflans Ste. Honorine, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
49.05.36.10	  	La Cre`che, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
92.31.09.69	  	Digne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
69.39.35.00	  	Epinay sous Senart, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
69.10.05.57	  	Epinay sur Orge, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
78.70.60.38	  	Feyzin, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
43.48.53.65	  	La Fle`che, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
33.64.97.24	  	Flers, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
63.81.20.24	  	Gaillac, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
92.51.76.35	  	Gap, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
35.68.93.72	  	Grand Quevilly, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
28.65.59.43	  	Gravelines, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
57.93.11.84	  	Le Haillan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
59.20.42.27	  	Hendaye, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
31.44.46.60	  	Herouville, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
16.1.42.77.19.16  	IRCAM, Institut de Recherche et Coordination
                 	Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou, Paris 
47.57.51.51	  	Levallois, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
64.91.05.07	  	Limours, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
43.88.17.17	  	Livry Gargan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
67.44.35.30	  	Lode`ve, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
96.28.64.99	  	Loudeac, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
83.26.18.28	  	Ludres, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
76.41.20.21	  	Meylan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
58.09.42.98	  	Mimizan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
76.35.64.82	  	Moirans, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
60.60.21.86	  	Moissy Cramayel, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
88.38.06.15	  	Molsheim, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
43.51.20.30	  	Montfermeil, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
21.76.21.25	  	Montigny en Gohelle, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
98.88.19.29	  	Morlaix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
78.91.60.05	  	Neuville sur Sao^ne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
49.73.23.30       	Niort, Bibliothe`que de 
37.52.50.15	  	Nogent le Rotrou, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
38.64.13.11	  	Olivet, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
78.50.11.35	  	Oullins, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
98.05.45.00	  	Plouzane, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
97.27.97.97	  	Pontivy, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
30.32.21.71	  	Pontoise, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
75.64.68.98	  	Privas, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
61.75.72.33	  	Ramonville St. Agne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
40.04.08.43	  	Reze', Bibliothe`que Municipale de
69.25.99.17	  	Ris Orangis, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
77.75.99.99	  	Rive de Gier, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
75.05.18.08	  	Romans sur Ise`re, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
50.01.04.96	  	Rumilly, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
45.12.80.77	  	Rungis, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
50.58.57.85       	Sallanches, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
90.56.28.49	  	Salon de Provence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
46.02.70.61	  	St. Cloud, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
78.86.82.31	  	St. Genis Laval, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
38.86.35.85	  	St. Jean de Braye, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
55.02.18.23	  	St. Junien, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
33.72.00.46	  	St. Lo^, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
76.38.31.78	  	St. Marcellin, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
74.86.49.04	  	St. Maurice l'Exil, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
69.25.19.96	  	Ste. Genevie`ve des Bois, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
46.61.61.61	  	Sceaux, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
74.05.06.62	  	Tarare, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
62.34.38.38	  	Tarbes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
49.66.24.94	  	Thouars, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
20.25.43.50       	Tourcoing, Me'diathe`que de 
93.58.31.05	  	Vence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
54.80.25.59	  	Vendo^me, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
39.76.12.59	  	Le Vesinet, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
74.60.64.44	  	Villefranche sur Sao^ne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
69.96.94.06	  	Viry Chatillon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de

		3) telnet (ie. from the Internet)

caen1.unicaen.fr 	Bibliothe`que Universitaire de Caen; username :
                	Bibliotheque or Library
FRMOP22.CNUSC.FR 	Centre National Universitaire Sud de Calcul,
		   	Montpellier, provides access to PANCATALOGUE and
		   	SIBIL and numerous other French services, account
		   	required (fax, in French, to 67-52-37-63, at
		   	Montpellier); also available via Minitel (see above)
		   	or French Transpac #134022271494 (account required)
IFBIBLI.GRENET.FR	Instit. Fourier, St.Martin d'Hye`res, login  bib 
LIMVX4.UNILIM.FR	Universite' de LIMOGES, user id: GRACE
STROPH.UNIV-ST-ETIENNE.FR  Universite' de St. Etienne; Username: brise; 
		   	At %PAD-I-COM, enter 
CRISV2.UNIV-PAU.FR Universite' de Pau; login: grace
FRPOLY11.POLYTECHNIQUE.FR  Ecole Polytechnique, Paris: at userid screen 
		   	hit   , type DIAL VTAM  , at Menu des
		   	Applications screen type  DIAL VTAM. (tn3270 only).
FTP.IRCAM.FR 	Ircam-CNRS library catalog -- login: libquery -- to 
		   	switch to english, type: l=e

		4) WEBsites -- W3, WWW, Mosaic "home pages", etc.

http://web.culture.fr: Ministe`re de la culture et de la francophonie,
Paris -- excellent features on art exhibitions, the prehistoric cave
discoveries, the Bibliothe`que de France, all with impressive images --
a good starting point for discoveries of the online presence of France
and the French.

http://web.urec.fr/cgi-bin/list: an authoritative - looking list of 
French W3 servers, current count totals many dozens, including lots of 
pure scientists and hi - tech researchers and private firms and 
universities, and the capacity to find servers using maps, and:

http://solcidsp.grenet.fr:8001: Banque de Donne'es Socio - Politiques 
-- French representative of the CESSDA / Council of European Social 
Sciences Data Archives and the ICPSR / Inter - university Consortium for 
Political and Social Research;

http://web.citi2.fr: Centre Interuniversitaire de traitement de 
l'Information -- U.Rene' Descartes, Paris;

http://www.cnam.fr: Conservatoire National des Arts et Me'tiers, Paris;

http://dodge.grenet.fr:8001: Catalogues Collectifs nationaux des 
bibliothe`ques du CNRS - SHS, Grenoble;

http://w3.cnusc.fr: Centre National Universitaire Sud de Calcul, 
Montpellier, including access to the SIBIL catalog (550,000 French, 1.3 
million Swiss, bibliographic records), and in theory the Pancatalogue 
(this link didn't work when I tried it);

http://web.cr-aquitaine.fr: Conseil Re'gional d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux;

http://www.univ-rennes1.fr: U.de Rennes 1, includes many well - 
presented and well - organized resources, including the archives of the 
BIBLIO - FR e - conference;

http://dmf.culture.fr: Direction des Muse'es de France;

http://www.ecp.fr: Ecole Centrale, Paris;

http://www.ens-lyon.fr: Ecole Normale Supe'rieure de Lyon;

http://www.ens.fr: Ecole Normale Supe'rieure de Paris;

http://www.ensmp.fr: Ec.Nat.Sup.des Mines de Paris;

http://web.enst.fr: Ec.Nat.Sup.des Te'le'communications, Paris;

http://ophale.icp.grenet.fr: ESCA / European Speech Communication Assoc;

http://www-gams.cnrs-mrs.fr: Ecole d'Architecture de Marseille - Luminy;

http://gtl.georgiatech-metz.fr: "Georgia Tech Lorraine" (truly one of 
the great W3 / WEBsite / URLs so far, n'est-ce pas y'all?);

http://cristal.icp.grenet.fr:8080: ICP / Institut de la Communication 
Parle'e, Grenoble;

http://iep.univ-lyon2.fr: IEP / Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lyon;

http://www.ina.fr: INA / Inst.Nat.de l'Audiovisuel, Bry - sur - Marne;

http://www.inist.fr: INIST - CNRS / Institut de l'Information 
Scientifique et Technique, Vandoeuvre - les - Nancy;

http://zenon.inria.fr:8003: INRIA / Insitut National de Recherche en 
Informatique et Automatique;

http://www.ircam.fr: IRCAM / Institut de Recherche et Coordination 
Acoustique / Musique, Paris;

http://www.lirmm.fr: LIRMM / Labo. d'Informatique, de Robotique, de 
Micro - e'lectronique de Montpellier;

http://info.msha.u-bordeaux.fr:8001: Maison des Sciences de l'Homme 
d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux;

http://www.urec.fr/Renater: Reseau NAtional de Te'le'communications pour 
la Technologie, l'Enseignemenet et la Recherche, Paris;

http://www.grenet.fr/anteserveur: REDOC / Reseau Documentaire de 
Grenoble -- acces aux bibliothe`ques / catalogues / documents e'lectroniques;

http://web.univ-orleans.fr: U.d'Orle'ans, including "Les chateaux de la Loire";

http://ehess.cnrs-mrs.fr: Centre de la Vielle Charite' -- Muse'es, etc.;

http://mistral.enst.fr: WebLouvre -- including "peintures ce'lebre's, 
mini - expo sur l'art medie'val, mini - visite de Paris".


As with the Internet generally, it is nearly impossible to keep up with 
the phenomenal growth of French online resources. The Minitel's own 
"Guide de Services" now lists nearly 20,000 services, while published 
accounts claim more than 25,000 currently in operation; and these 
numbers don't begin to account for the many online services which rely 
on the omnipresent Minitel "boxes" found throughout France -- and 
Minitel "V23" norm emulation software now found throughout France and 
increasingly elsewhere -- to act as simple terminals for their 
connections. Many new library services (see the list at item 2), above), 
use this latter function -- un-tabulated and un-indexed -- so that until 
libraries go into the marketing business no one really knows how many 
online French library services there are.

		5) President's Report, CSB

			a) complete printed text, in French:

_Rapport du Pre'sident (Michel Melot) Pour L'Anne'e 1993_ (Paris : 
Association du Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques, 1994). ISSN 1157-
360. 128 pages. Available from: Association du Conseil Supe'rieur des 
Bibliothe`ques, Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris. A 1994
report also is available.

			b) complete electronic text, in French:

1) Par ftp anonyme:  ftp.grenet.fr
2) Par gopher: gopher.grenet.fr rubrique "OPAC" puis "rapport du CSB"
3) Par mosaic par l'URL file://ftp.grenet.fr/pub/doc/csb.ps (ou csb.txt)
4) Par mosaic a travers la page du "reseau documentaire de grenoble" 
dont l'URL est http://www.grenet.fr/anteserveur/anteserveur.html


B) Fulltext

Fulltext French may be reached and read online now, in addition to the
bibliographic citations and pointers traditionally offered by online
libraries. A small selection of what is available in materials of
interest to French scholars follows:

		1) anonymous ftp sites (online text archives)

ftp.inria.fr    	INRIA/Inst.Nat.de Rech.en Informatique et Automatique
zenon.inria.fr  	INRIA in Sophia Antipolis
ftp.cicb.fr     	Univ. Rennes1 ("gopher" in French!)
ftp.sunet.se    	/pub/etext/ota/french// contains Molie`re's _Don Juan_
                	fulltext (Oxford Text Archive version) and Queneau's 
			_Exercices du style_ fulltext (OTA version)
epas.utoronto.ca /pub/cch/french// contains Molie`re's _Don Juan_
                	fulltext (Oxford Text Archive version) and a French
                	wordlist in ascii
ftp.cnam.fr     	"Association des Bibliophiles Universels" files,
                	including fulltext (sgml marked - up?) of texts by St.
                	Augustine, Plutarch, Jules Verne, Th. Moreux, and E.
                	Dubreucq, and other things relevant to fulltext.
ftp.ircam.fr    	IRCAM / Institut de Recherche et Coordination
                	Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou, Paris
ftp.ens.fr      	Ecole Normale Supe'rieure

		2) gophers (interactive index plus archiving)

CIRIL Centre Interuniv.de Ressources Informatiques de Lorraine (Nancy) 
	
CITI Centre Interuniv.de Traitement de l'Information (Lille) 
	
Cite' Colle'giale (Ontario, Canada) 
CITI2 Universite Rene Descartes (Paris) 
CNUSC Centre National Univ.Sud de Calcul (Montpellier) 
CRIHAN Centre de Ressources Informatiques de Haute-Normandie (Rouen) 
	
EMBNET Bioinformation Resource  (not strictly 
	a "non - hi - tech - scientific" resource, but one possessing
	one of the better tongue - in - cheek electronic addresses)
ENST Ec.Nat.Sup.des Te'le'communications (Paris) 
Ecole Normale Supe'rieure (Paris) 
Ecole Polytechnique Fe'de'rale de Lausanne (Suisse) 
French Embassy, Washington D.C. 
Genethon (Human Genome Research Center, Paris) 
Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Lyon) 
IMAG Institut d'Informatique et de Mathe'matiques Applique'es de 
	Grenoble 
INRIA Inst.Nat.de la Rech.en Informatique et Automatique 
	
INRIA/inria-graphlib : a Computer Graphics service of INRIA 
	
Institut Pasteur (Paris) 
IRISA Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Syste`mes Ale'atoires 
	(Rennes) 
Ministe`re de la culture et de la francophonie (St. Quentin en Yvelines) 
	
UREC Unite' Reseaux du CNRS (Paris)  (the CNRS' network)
USHS Univ. des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg) 
Univ.Jean Monnet, CIT (St-Etienne) 
Univ.Jean Monnet, CRITeR (St-Etienne) 
Univ.de Lyon I 
Univ.de Nice - Sophia Antipolis 
Univ.de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour 
Univ.de Rennes I 
Univ.de Savoie (Chambe'ry) 
Univ.de Valenciennes 
Univ.s P. & M. Curie - D. Diderot (Paris) 
Univ.de Montreal, Litte'ratures (Que'bec, Canada) 
	 (GOPHER LITTERATURES is
	a relatively recent effort to establish a truly comprehensive
	gopher devoted to online humanities resources in French. It has
	an ambitious structure, not yet filled, but at least a
	promising effort to follow for anyone interested in online
	humanities.)
gopher.grenet.fr -- Grenoble - net, maintained at the CICG / Centre 	
	Interuniversitaire de Calcul de Grenoble, which gives you a
	software package entitled "G.R.A.C.E (Gestion du Reseau
	Automatise' de Catalogues En-ligne)", and a "help" feature
	wonderfully - entitled, for a "help" feature, "B.I.P.E.D.
	(Bulletin d'Information Pour Etudiants en De'tresse)". See
	particularly the following, in path 8.Catalogues de
	Bibliothe`ques (OPAC) et Autres Serveurs Documentaire../:
	1.Catalogues des Bibliothe`ques de la Region Grenobloise/, 	
	and 2.Catalogues des Bibliothe`ques Franc,aises/ -- [this
	gopher currently is being discontinued in favor of
	http://www.grenet.fr]

		3) Fulltext archives

There are many interesting and frustrating issues associated with
fulltext archiving, among them issues of copyright, democratic access
to texts, and markup. This last currently is the most controversial
fulltext issue on the nets: archives exist which have no markup
whatsoever -- volunteer contributors merely type in the texts -- and
there are archives with full SGML / Standard Generalized Markup
Language encoding -- enabling textual analyses which some never will
use but which is indispensable to others. Proponents of both approaches
are fierce in their advocacy, and they fight a lot online.

Online fulltext appears to be an inevitable trend, however, whatever
are to be the niceties which accompany it eventually. (There is talk of
texts presented with more than just SGML, after all:  multimedia, and
"interactive text", using techniques like Internet Relay Chat and
Virtual Reality -- people now are working on a VRML / Virtual Reality 
Markup Language -- are waiting in the wings.) The trend is propelled by
both the increasing popularity of the networks, and the increasingly
untenable finances of the print publishing industry. One way or
another, print publishing quickly, albeit reluctantly, is "going online".

			a) The Oxford Text Archive

One of the largest and most rigorous online fulltext general archives 
still is the Oxford Text Archive, assembled and maintained at that 
university's computing center by Lou Bernard. At the moment the OTA 
contains over 50 French fulltexts, from Sartre to Froissart to the 
Chanson de Roland. References to the OTA, with its informational files, 
may be found online easily at several sites using gopher's veronica 
index, and OTA holdings are cataloged on the online bibliographic 
service RLIN. The OTA ftp archive adress is  ota.ox.ac.uk .
..
			b) Georgetown

A comprehensive effort to keep track of the many thousands of local 
online fulltext projects currently being pursued on isolated computers 
all over the world is that of Georgetown University's CPET / Catalog of 
Projects in Electronic Text. There are many gopher references to CPET. 
The CPET telnet address is  guvax3.acc.georgetown.edu  , login  CPET .

			c) FRANTEXT 

FRANTEXT is an online database of 3241 texts, taken from 2330 works of
French literature dating from the 16th century, including a large
group of non - literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The
corpus was assembled for the purpose of compiling word - occurrences --
there are 183 million of them -- for French dictionary research.

The database is administered by the Tre'sor Ge'ne'ral des Langues et
Parlers Franc,ais, 27, r.Damesme, 75013 Paris, telephone 45.80.36.00 or
Mme. Evelyne Martin at 45.80.77.09, fax 45.80.79.26. This is a division
of the INALF, the Institut National de la Langue Franc,aise, a unit of
the CNRS. The FRANTEXT database software is STELLA -- Syste`me de
Textes En Ligne en Libre Acce`s -- and has its critics and defenders.
An enthusiastic proponent of STELLA - searching may be found in:

Jacques Lemarignier, "Le point de vue d'un interrogateur sur FRANTEXT:
FRANTEXT a` la Bibliothe`que Publique d'Information", in _Les banques
de donne'es litte'raires, comparatistes et francophones_, edited by
Alain Vuillemin, Limoges: Presses de l'Universite' de Limoges et du
Limousin, 1993, ISBN 2910016-17-X.

				d) ARTFL

In North America, FRANTEXT is available -- with an entirely different 
interface and "PhiloLogic" client software -- under the name of "ARTFL / 
project for American and french Research on the treasury of the French 
Lanuguage". ARTFL offers many new and exciting things as part of its 
joint U.of Chicago / CNRS effort, including online analytical tools, and 
databases of: Provenc,al poetry, Segond's French and other Multilingual 
Bibles, and Jean Nicot's _Thresor de la langue franc,aise_ (1606). 
Imaging experiments are under way to mount: Diderot's _Encyclope'die_, 9 
editions of the _Dictionnaire de l'Acade'mie Franc,aise_, Montaigne (and 
Dante) editions and variants, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and the Plan 
Turgot (1739). See Mark Olson, director: email  mark@gide.uchicago.edu, 
telephone  312-702-8488. ARTFL is at  http://tuna.uchicago.edu  or  
gopher://uchicago.edu/11/uscholarly/artfland .

C) Discussion

The best -- most managable, disciplined, up - to - date -- method for
getting and staying current with French networking is to subscribe to a
good "e-conference". Normally this will gain you a dozen e-mail
messages per week on a subject of your interest, and a whole list of
international correspondents with whom you can discuss issues and of
whom you very usefully can ask questions.

		1) Electronic Conferences

In most cases, an e-mail message to the address shown, saying, exactly:

	subscribe   

will obtain a subscription. Subscriptions are free.

ADBS-INFO	"Association Franc,aise des Documentalistes et 
		Bibliothe'caires Specialise's"; subscribe to  adbs-info-
		request@univ-rennes1.fr ; for ADBS members, un - moderated. 
BALZAC-L 	"French literature and culture"; subscribe to balzac-l-
		request@cc.umontreal.ca; French/English; 250 subscribers.
BIBLIO-FR  	"Bibliothe'caires Franc,ais"; subscribe to biblio-fr-
           	request@univ-rennes1.fr; in French; 400 subscribers, 
		archive: gopher.univ-rennes1.fr, http://www.univ-rennes1.fr.
H-FRANCE        "List for French history scholars" (formerly FRANCEHS);
		418 subscribers; subscribe to
		listserv@VM.CC.PURDUE.EDU ; in French and English.
LAW-FRANCE	"The law of France"; new on March 18, 1995; subscribe to
		law-france-request@amgot.org  with "Subject: subscribe".

There are others. The most useful tool for locating professional online 
discussion of a particular topic is the list maintained by Diane Kovacs, 
of Scholarly Electronic Conferences (there are many thousands more which 
are un - scholarly -- Ms. Kovacs and her team perform an invaluable 
filtering service). The Kovacs list, now on its 7th edition (1994),
is available in many places online. Most usefully here, it is 
available from the University of Caen -- telnet caen1.unicaen.fr  login  
bibliotheque  -- complete with a French interface and keyword searching 
by subject (in English), title, and moderator's name. 
	
		2) Usenet: a warning note

Usenet groups I personally do _not_ recommend, although it is good to 
know that they exist. My problem is the lack of editorial control on 
Usenet, and my own busy schedule and impatience. It is important to 
realize, though, that France and the French have a Usenet presence.

The following is from a March 1993 general online announcement, from  
Christophe.Wolfhugel@grasp.insa-lyon.fr , who should be consulted for 
more information: "...send a note to 'fr-news-distribution@grasp1.univ-
lyon1.fr', preferably in french indicating you are searching for a feed. 
Messages arriving to this address will be sent to the fr.news. 
distribution newsgroup as well as to the peer mailing-list. To subscribe 
to the mailing-list send the command "sub fr-news-distribution First 
Lastname" to the address . More 
information, as well as an INN groups creation script can be retrieved 
by anonymous ftp to grasp1.univ-lyon1.fr in pub/faq/fr.If you don't have 
ftp access, ftpmail@grasp1.univ-lyon1.fr will furnish the same service."

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