Electronic scientific communication :
from email to multimedia
( the babbage.sissa.it project)

Roberto Innocente

1  Introduction

At the beginning of the '90 it became true that many of the people active in some scientifc fields were reachable by e-mail. It was back in 1991 that I named babbage.sissa.it an HP workstation after Charles Babbage (1791-1871) of Difference and Analytical Engine fame. That was the first time the name of Babbage appeared in Sissa. At the very beginning the preprint archive was implemented in Sissa on top of the software running the Bitnet/RSCS network, through a modified Listserv/Fileserv program and available at the Bitnet node ITSSISSA.

1.1  E-Print system

Original servers :

Now about 15 sites :

1.2  History

2  Some facts and numbers

2.1  Lists available

2.2  Articles received

August 1992 February 1993 February 1994Sepetmber 1996
hep-th 81 144 156240
hep-ph 62 121 164331
gr-qc 11 37 4573
nucl-th- 16 3366
cond-mat27 39 114292
astro-ph 7 18 71204
funct-an - 8 14
Total 188 383 5841210

Table 1: Number of articles received per month

Now (end of 1999) the total number of submissions is over 2500 each month.

2.3  Subscriptions

SISSA March 1994 LANL November 1993
astro-ph 1981-
cond-mat 2281 -
funct-an 422 -
hep-ph 383 1450
hep-th 646 2070
nucl-th 138 703
gr-qc 353 1036
Total 6204 5259

Table 2: Subscriptions

2.4  HTTP requests per week/Papers submitted each month

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3  Technical details

3.1  Email systems

3.2  Access methods

3.3  Sync of mirrors

3.4  Scripting languages

3.5  Http servers

3.6  Text searches

4  MBone

End of 1995 started some mbone experiments

5  Microsoft NetShow

6  Small Troubles


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