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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF ASSESS, 13 DECEMBER 2000



I was not expecting to circulate another letter so soon after the last one in
September, but there are two important items of news.

OUR 14TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN YORK AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

These had been scheduled for 10 November 2000. It will not have escaped your
notice that this was a time of extreme disruption to travel throughout the UK,
and of severe flooding which affected the York area (in fact there were no
trains into York, and motorists were advised not to attempt to travel). The
Committee therefore had no choice but to postpone the event. It has been
rescheduled for
               Friday 23 February 2001
so please note the date in your diaries and register as soon as possible.

Cheques sent to us for the November meeting were returned, of course, and the
extra inconvenience to everyone of having to re-register and pay for a second
time is very much regretted. If you plan to stay in York overnight, be warned
that it this coincides both with school half term and the Jorvik Viking
Festival. So it would be as well to book accommodation soon.

For information about the AGM see my previous letter or check the ASSESS
website  (http://assess.derby.ac.uk).

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THE ASSESS-NEWS MAILING LIST:
MAILBASE IS DEAD, LONG LIVE JISCMAIL.AC.UK (!)

ASSESS "owns" an email list, assess-news, provided by the UK's National
Academic Mailing List Service.

Until 26 November 2000 this service was run from the Mailbase site at the
University of Newcastle. Instead it now uses JISCmail, based at the Council for
the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils.  (ASSESS-NEWS is a moderated
list, used primarily for announcements of forthcoming ASSESS activities, offers
of books for review, etc. and is not intended as a forum for discussion of SPSS
matters, for which other lists are more appropriate)

If you are already registered for the list, your registration will have
automatically transferred to the new site, but please note especially that
messages and administrative commands must be sent to different addresses.

JISCmail uses the LISTSERV mechanism, which is different from that used on
Mailbase. Users of ASSESS-NEWS under Mailbase will find that a few commands
have changed, and should therefore carefully read the user documentation
available at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/docs/default.htm, and especially
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/docs/user-tips.htm.

For example, to suspend and resume your mail the text of the messages to be
sent to jiscmail@jiscmail.ac.uk (not to the list itself!) are 'set assess-news
nomail' and 'set assess-news mail' (rather than the 'suspend assess-news' and
'resume assess-news' messages used for Mailbase).

When you join, any ASSESS-NEWS items will be mailed to you automatically
(traffic is low, at just a few messages each year).

Messages sent to the address
     assess-news@jiscmail.ac.uk
will be intercepted by its moderators (who are members of the ASSESS
committee); if considered suitable, they will then be posted.

To read the archived ASSESS-NEWS messages on the Web, and to find out more
about using the list, point your browser at
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/assess-news.

To join, send a one line message like the following to jiscmail@jiscmail.ac.uk
     join assess-news yourfirstname yourlastname
If you want to find out more about JISCmail and the other lists hosted on it,
point your browser at
     http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk

Paul Callow (ASSESS Chair)


Last amended 7 November 2001


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