Mailing list archives as useful primary sources for historians: looking for flame wars

  title={Mailing list archives as useful primary sources for historians: looking for flame wars},
  author={Alexandre Hocquet and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Wieber},
  journal={Internet Histories},
  pages={38 - 54}
ABSTRACT This paper aims to show the potential of mailing list archives as primary sources for studying recent history of science. In order to focus on the debates regarding software within the computational chemistry community in the 1990s, the corpus we rely on consists in a scholarly mailing list, a typical corpus from its time, conceived, constructed and maintained by a community. The threaded conversations of the list also constitute a unique rhetorical form in its organisation which is… Expand
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