This is a list of Internet discussion groups (mailing lists) and Web sites dedicated to indexing or related subjects, such as technical writing, abstracting, editing, working at home, and so on.
aliaINDEXERS is an electronic mailing list targeted at Australian indexers (others are welcome). This mailing list has been started by the Australian Libraries and Information Association (ALIA). It will be moderated by Stuart Hughes. Information about the list (and other alianet lists) is at http://lists.alia.org.au/mailman/listinfo/aliaindexers_lists.alia.org.au. To join, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following message (using your own name): subscribe aliaINDEXERS firstname lastname. Leave the subject line blank.
- America Online (AOL) (800) 227-6364
AOL has a discussion area for indexers in the Writer’s Club (Keyword: Writers). Folders include Indexing, Indexing with Cindex, Indexing with Macrex, Indexing Who’s Who, and more.
This list is an archived forum within which subscribers can voice opinions and ideas for the upcoming national conferences (annual meetings). If it’s about the next conference, you can talk about it here. New subscribers may find value in the archived messages.To join, visit the yahoo groups signup page athttp://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/asiconference/join.
The American Society for Indexing ASI-L mailing list is a monitored electronic forum for the discussion of index-related topics including subjects pertinent to ASI and its membership. Subjects related to the practice and business of indexing, job postings, and networking opportunities are appropriate on ASI-L. ASI administrative issues, including strategic planning, policies, volunteer requests, communications with the Board, Committees and other members, administrative announcements, and other issues relating to how ASI functions are also regular discussion topics.Subscriptions and access to the discussion archives are limited to ASI members. For information on how to subscribe, visit the ASI-L page in our member area.
- Black Writers United
Black Writers United list was created to support writers of Black literature by facilitating the sharing of news, events and information among members of the writing community.To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bwunited/.
The cindexusers list is a forum for discussing Cindex, the professional indexing software program from Indexing Research. The list encourages exchange of tips, tricks, and techniques among Cindex users. Membership in the list is open to current users of Cindex in its DOS, Windows, and Macintosh formats, as well as prospective users and other members of the indexing community.While the staff of Indexing Research have expressed an interest in this forum, it is not their intention that this list become a question and answer dialogue between Cindex users and Indexing Research. Please continue to send questions of support to Indexing Research at email@example.com.For more information and to subscribe, see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cindexusers/join.
- CompuServe (800) 848-8199
On CompuServe, the Work at Home Forum (GO WORK) and Literary Forum (GO LITFORUM) are examples of areas useful to indexers.
- Digital Publications Indexing
Digital Publications Indexing is associated with the Digital Publications Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing, and membership in the Digital Publications Indexing SIG is a requirement for joining this group. Digital Publications Indexing is an open forum for professional indexers who specialize in writing indexes for digital publications. Indexers interested in learning about digital publications indexing and digital publication creators/editors interested in indexing are also welcome to join this group. We welcome discussions of techniques, standards, software tools, client-indexer relations, and marketing specific to digital publications indexing. Other topics for discussion may include taxonomies and other nonalphabetical methods of classifying information with digital publications sites, online indexes of periodicals, and human indexing/categorizing of multiple digital publications. For more information, and to subscribe, see https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/asi-dpi-sig and http://digital-publications-indexing.org to join the SIG.
This unmoderated list is a place where indexers, both new and experienced, can strengthen their social bonds in the indexing community. Isolation plagues indexers, and the goal of this list is to serve as a forum to help alleviate “the lonelies.” Anything goes, as long as it’s kindly and professionally presented. Surveys are welcome, but response is optional to any question on the survey.Membership open to both ASI members and non-members, USDA indexing students and graduates, freelance and corporate indexers.Subscribe through Yahoo Groups at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndexCafe.
- InDesign Indexing
Anyone with experience or interest in using Adobe CreativeSuite InDesign for creating indexes is invited to join a brand new listserv and to participate in peer discussions. It will be a group with a narrow focus on the sharing of tips relative to the indexing features of this software for producing indexes. In addition, some of the more knowledgeable InDesign indexers among us have already agreed to join and contribute.Please go to the Group home page:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/indesignindexing and click on the blue Join This Group button.
- Indexers’ Discussion Group
Indexers’ Discussion Group is open to indexers of all skill levels and interests. Any topic related to the practice and business of indexing is open for discussion in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Subscribe through Groups.io at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listowner: Rachel Rice email@example.com.
The Indexing-PNW listserv (formerly Index-NW) serves professional and student indexers and others interested in indexing from the entire Pacific Northwest (US and Canada). Indexers outside the Northwest may also subscribe to this listserv. Discussions range from issues about indexing techniques and business practices, to announcements about upcoming conferences, informal local meetings, peer reviews and regional marketing events, to making arrangements for transportation and lodging at regional or industry-wide conferences.Subscribe at Indexing-PNW listserv. When your subscription request is accepted, you will receive confirmation about how to send messages to the listserv and how to manage your subscription.
INDEX-L is a mailing list that was created to promote good indexing practice by providing a forum for aspiring and professional indexers to share information and ideas relating to all aspects of index preparation. Topics for discussion can include various types of index structures such as indexes for books, periodicals, online text, databases, or hypermedia. Participants include but are not limited to members of professional indexers organizations (ASI,NFAIS), librarians, library school faculty, and editors.For information about subscribing, unsubscribing, and other functionality of Index-L, see https://lists.unc.edu/read/?forum=index-l.
Indexers volunteer to review each other’s edited indexes. Very often indexers have little or no continuing opportunity for feedback on their indexes. A peer review provides an opportunity for this feedback. By reviewing and being reviewed, we increase our awareness of good indexing technique and gain valuable feedback on our skills.To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndexPeers.To contact the listowner, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IndexStudents is for all persons interested in discussing issues related to learning to index books, magazines, databases and the World Wide Web. Discussion revolves around the following issues: the USDA Graduate School indexing courses, video instruction, Society of Indexers courses, college courses, starting a freelance indexing business, marketing, time management, continuing education, indexing procedures, etc.List membership is open to both beginning and experienced indexers, as well as course instructors/teachers. Experienced indexers are encouraged to participate by offering insight based on experience to beginners. The list has a number of sporadic or regular education exercises, including practical experience with term selection, index editing, and topic of the week discussions.The IndexStudents Center contains a vast amount of information about indexing and the activities of this list, including how to subscribe: http://www.indexstudents.com.
The MacIndexers list is for anyone who indexes on the Mac platform. Freelancers, in-house indexers, and indexing students are all welcome. The purpose of this list is to provide support, information, camaraderie,
networking opportunities, and encouragement to Mac indexers. The list is unmoderated and open all members of the indexing community.Topics of discussion might include: e-mail transmission of files from Mac indexers to Windows-based publishers/clients, cross-platform file issues, indexing with a PC emulator, using ViaVoice or MacSpeech for indexing, trying to get more Mac-oriented classes and panels offered at the annual ASI and STC conferences, indexing software for the Mac, Mac indexing tips, Apple product info/news that might be of use to indexers, and so forth.For more information and to subscribe, see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MacIndexers
The purpose of the Macrex e-mail discussion group is to act as a forum for discussion on all issues related to indexing with Macrex. It will not cover general indexing matters. If you would like to join the Macrex group, send a message to email@example.com. In your message, put Join macrex list [your name] [your serial number]Once you have joined, we will add your name to our list and all messages sent to the list will be distributed to you. To send a message to the list, use the address firstname.lastname@example.org.We will be moderating the list and may answer some queries before sending them to the other members on the list, but this will not happen frequently. If you have any queries about the list, please send them to email@example.com.
- Scholarly Indexing
Scholarly Indexing is an open forum for professional indexers who specialize in indexing materials published by academic presses, or publications intended for scholars, researchers, and students of specific academic disciplines. We welcome discussions of techniques, standards, client-indexer relations, and marketing specific to scholarly indexing, including participation by editors and publishers who care about excellence in scholarly indexing.To subscribe, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click onhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/scholarlyindexing and join the group from that screen.
- SKY Index Users
The SKY Index Users Group was formed by SKY Software and is the official group for SKY Index users to get and provide helpful information about the program. The group has been formed to allow and encourage the exchange of tips, tricks, and techniques among owners of SKY Index. The list is also intended to aid those who are trying the SKY Index demo and would like to learn more about the program’s capabilities. For more information and to join, visit: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sky-index-users
WordIndexers is a discussion list for people who create standalone or embedded indexes in Microsoft Word. We welcome discussions on any topic related to indexing using Word.Subscribe through Yahoo Groups at email@example.com.
- Art & Architecture Thesaurus Discussion List
If you use the Art & Architecture Thesaurus, you might consider participating in (or just listening to) this discussion. Questions about AAT-L may be addressed to the human administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.To subscribe to AAT-L, send a message to email@example.com with this command on the first line of the body of the message: sub AAT-L firstname lastname (with your own first and last names). For more information about this mailing list, send the command info aat-l.
- American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Special Interest Group for Visualization, Images, and Sound (SIG/VIS), http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGVIS/index.html
The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Visualization, Images, and Sound (VIS) provides a forum for ASIS members to discuss, develop, and promote issues and research involving graphic and visual information. Such information includes, but is not limited to, text document images, still and moving pictures with or without sound, geographic attributes and topology, and virtual representations of the visual world. Two articles of interest to indexers (available from their Web site): “Pictures, Aboutness, and User-Generated Descriptors” by Brian C. O’Connor, and “Issues in Shot-Level Indexing of Moving Images: What Constitutes a Shot?” by James M. Turner.
- Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) Home Page, http://ciir.cs.umass.edu/
The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) carries out basic research and technology transfer in the area of text-based information systems. The CIIR was created to address the problem of effective use of the growing quantities of electronic information throughout our society. Today this Center represents a new model for more streamlined technology transfer, public/private partnership, and economic development.
- Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), http://http://www.cikmconference.org/
The Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) provides an international forum for presentation and discussion of research on information and knowledge management, as well as recent advances on data and knowledge bases. The purpose of the conference is to identify challenging problems facing the development of future knowledge and information systems, and to shape future directions of research by soliciting and reviewing high quality, applied and theoretical research findings. An important part of the conference is the Workshops program which focuses on timely research challenges and initiatives.
- Copyediting Discussion List
Many indexers subscribe to this rather active list, which concerns itself with discussions of language usage, publishing business practice, and other language-related chat. List traffic is heavy, but subscriptions can be tailored to filter out unwanted subject types. Copyediting-L is notable both for its language expertise and its courtesy.To subscribe to COPYEDITING-L, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with this command on the first line of the body of the message:sub COPYEDITING-L firstname lastname (with your own first and last names).
- Art & Architecture Thesaurus Discussion List
LIBJOBS is a moderated mailing list for the submission of employment opportunities for librarians and information professionals. Use this mailing list for information about job listings, employment opportunities, job share program information, or similar types of LIS career information.To subscribe to LIBJOBS, send a message to email@example.com with this command on the first line of the body of the message: subscribe libjobs firstname lastname (with your own first and last names). For more information about this mailing list, send the command info libjobs.
- MLA-L (Music Library Association listerv).
For lively and informal discussion about the Music Library Assocation (MLA) and music librarianship, subscribe to MLA-L, an electronic mail distribution list accessible via the Internet. Just send the electronic message subscribe mla-l firstname lastname to the firstname.lastname@example.org and your subscription will begin immediately.
- The Society for Technical Communication (STC), http://www.stc.orgThe STC is a non-profit international organization and is the largest professional society devoted to technical communication, STC is concerned with the education, improvement, and advancement of its members. Membership includes writers, editors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educators, students, engineers, and scientists in all areas of technology.
This mailing list is dedicated to discussions regarding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, and so on. To subscribe, send the message sub sorehand firstname lastname to email@example.com.
Techwr-l is for technical communications and related issues. Anything related to any facet of technical communication (practice, research, teaching) is appropriate for this list. Sample topics include: How do you handle uncooperative engineers or programmers? What do others do about making technical writing a priority in their companies? I am researching user documentation and would like to contact anyone who has written aftermarket docs? To subscribe to techwr-l, visit its Web site at http://www.techwr-l.com/about-technical-writing-discussion-groups.html.