text is provided in general response to representatives
of ICOM Committees and affiliated bodies who have
requested assistance in setting up Internet facilities.
If you feel the following material to be inadequate
you are welcome to submit suggestions for enhancing
the scope of future versions.
Internet Host and Registry Services
maintains an Internet host computer that presently
serves three purposes.
provide a network-based repository for ICOM's core
documents, allowing their automated location and
retrieval. Channels for such access are maintained
via e-mail and the World Wide Web.
place e-mail facilities at the disposal of the ICOM
Virtual Library Museums Pages, about which more
is said below, are hosted by ICOM.
facilities for Committees
encourages its National and International Committees
to establish similar facilities but has neither the
technical nor the administrative resources necessary
to provide a host platform for the Committees.
computer departments of larger museums and universities
are often willing to provide host facilities on a
courtesy basis. A useful first line of approach is
to see if any committee member has contacts with such
an organization. It may also be worth using ICOM's
e-mail distribution list, ICOM-L (described below),
to establish contacts.
"Internet Service Providers (ISP's)" commonly offer
so-called Web hotel facilities at low cost. Detailed
general advice about selecting an ISP can, unfortunately,
not be provided. Commercial practice and relevant
legislation differ from country to country in a manner
that ICOM cannot track centrally. Useful sources of
information about ISP are found in popular Internet
magazines and by word of mouth from computer suppliers
most important things to keep in mind when selecting
a host service are:
need for easy access to the committee's material
,when it needs to be altered,
ability to register facilities in an Internet domain
designation of the committee's choice and under
its control even if the ISP should be changed,
dimensioned modem and network capacity at the ISP's
does provide domain registration facilities for individual
committee resources. Any committee wishing to operate
a sub-domain of ICOM.MUSEUM may be provided
of committees utilizing this service are:
the Swedish National Committee operating SWEDEN.ICOM.MUSEUM
CIDOC Committee, operating CIDOC.ICOM.MUSEUM.
ability to operate a sub-domain depends on the facilities
offered by the host service that a committee uses.
For committees unable to obtain local host services
that will permit operating an ICOM sub-domain, the
URL assigned to any committee Web site will be provided
with an alias in the form http://committee.icom.museum.
It should be noted that a host site may be registered
in several domains and that a URL can have any number
of alias designations. Registration under the ICOM
heading does not in any way conflict with the maintainance
of a committee resource under another designation.
services are available to committee officers who have
e-mail addresses that may be difficult to determine
or remember. These, as well as all other officers,
may register aliases for their e-mail addresses in
the form: CHAIR@COMMITTEE.ICOM.MUSEUM, TREASURER@COMMITTEE.ICOM.MUSEUM,
facility can also be used to ensure the delivery of
mail to the holders of committee offices without the
need for the sender to know the personal identity
of the officer in question. This may be particularly
useful in providing continuity after board elections.
The provision of e-mail aliases is not dependent on
local ISP facilities. Please note, however, that
ICOM cannot provide e-mail boxes. An alias can only
be assigned to a pre-existing e-mail address.
Library Museum Pages (Vlmp)
addition to registration facilities within its Internet
domain, ICOM also provides host services for the Virtual
Library Museums Pages (VLmp). These provide the most
extensive single listing of addresses of museum Web
sites. It is hoped that ICOM's National Committees
will assume responsibility for the authoritative contribution
of information about museum facilities in individual
countries. In so doing, a committee will both be calling
attention to itself and helping to ensure the quality
of the registry.
E-mail Distribution List
is the e-mail distribution list maintained by
ICOM that may be used for inquiries relevant to the
establishment of committee resources. This list has
a widespread international membership and it is quite
likely that someone will be able to provide assistance
with local issues.
To join ICOM-L, send a message to LISTSERV@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM
containing the following command on a single line
in the body of the message:
ICOM-L Yourfirstname Yourlastname (Do not include
any other text in the message)
may obtain further information about ICOM-L
by sending the command INFO ICOM-L to the same
Requests for registration in any of the other
contexts listed above should be sent to REGISTRY@ICOM.ORG.
Please do not use this address for correspondence
about any other issues. Any such communication will,
with all due respect, simply be ignored.
for general information and assistance should
be addressed to ICOM-L.
enhancements are planned to the scope of ICOM's registry
services. Information about this will be sent to ICOM-L
and posted on the ICOM Web site at http://icom.museum