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JISCMail Newsletter: May 2010
In this Newsletter:

Welcome | New JISCMail Podcast | Automatically send your group's postings to Twitter | Helpline Tip | New Groups | Be the first to preview future enhancements | Operational News | Subscription Details

Welcome to the May 2010 JISCMail Newsletter - created with our very own newsletter tool. Any subscriber to JISCMail can use our professional looking newsletter templates. Find out more here:

In this issue of the JISCMail newsletter we’ll be looking at how you can send your JISCMail postings to Twitter and how you can preview new enhancements to JISCMail. We have created a new JISCMail podcast for you to listen to - highlighting how we’ve been supporting the community over the last 10 years.

If you have colleagues who you think would find the newsletter useful, please feel free to pass this on to them. They can sign up for their own free monthly copy by registering here:

Finally - if there's something you'd like to see in future JISCMail newsletters or have a JISCMail success story, please send us an email: [log in to unmask]. We’d love to hear from you.

New JISCMail Podcast


We have recorded a podcast to show how JISCMail has supported UK Education and Research over the last 10 years. We provided the podcast for the RSC West Midlands Annual Online Event in May 2010.

Download: JISCMail Podcast

Right click the link and save it to your PC (9,092 KB).


Automatically send your group's postings to Twitter


Do you have a twitter account? Is your JISCMail group public? Yes? You can send your group's postings to Twitter automatically.

  • Firstly you will need to copy your RSS feed link. Go to your group homepage ( and right click on the RSS 2.0 link and copy the Feed’s URL (usually copy shortcut or copy link location/address).

  • You will need to use third party software, for this tutorial we will use (Please note you use this service at your own risk)
  • Once you have created an account with (it will only ask for a username and password), you will be shown ‘Step 1’. Under ‘Feed Name’ you can name the feed to your group name. Under RSS Feed URL, paste the link by pressing ctrl+c. Click ‘Continue to Step 2’
  • Click on twitter and then click on the Authenticate Twitter link. You will then see a screen like the one below (If you are already logged in it will look the same just without the username and password fields). Click Allow.
  • You will be returned to the previous page where you can just click on ‘Create Service’ and all of your postings will be tweeted every hour (maximum of one and hour by default).

Helpline Tip


Are you going on your summer leave soon? You can set your email address not to receive JISCMail postings while you are away.

Send an email to [log in to unmask] with no subject and the following in the body:

set * nomail

When you return, send:

set * mail

You can catch up with any messages you have missed by going to your group homepage: (where 'yourgroupname' is the name of the group you are subscribed to).

New Groups



OER-FEED-DEPOSIT - This list is a discussion Forum for those interested in the use of RSS Feeds for the Deposit of Open Educational Resources OERs.

RISK-BSA-STUDY-GROUP - Risk and Society study group British Sociological Society. The list is used to inform academics and those interested in risk and society of events.

READING-LIST-SOLUTIONS - A list for users and software developers of reading list solutions (commercial and open source software, or other approaches) in academic institutions to discuss issues around their implementation, use, development and interoperability with other systems.

NW-TECH - This list is for technical managers, technicians and associated staff in NW of England Universities. It is to enable them to share information and enquire to the community as a whole about technical or managerial issues associated with their work.

FAUA - This list is to be used by the Fellowship community of the AUA to discuss upcoming events, share best practice, to enable communications from National Office and as a discussion forum.

NHAN - This list is used by members of NHAN, the Northern Housing Advisors' Network. Its purpose is for discussion of housing advice issues, and to enable sharing of advice and knowledge.

JISCMRD-EXPERTS - This list will provide announcements and information relating to programme events, progress and outputs which will be of direct interest to the JISCMRD Experts Group.

RCUKSSC-GRANTS - The purpose of list is to highlight key changes to the grants submission system, policy updates and future changes to grants admin staff through a quarterly newsletter. The forum also provides opportunity for to give feedback. Any discussion the newsletter prompts will be useful for highlighting areas requiring more information from the Je-S and Grants teams in the Shared Services Centre SSC and help us continually improve the service.

Learning and Teaching

ALL-FRENCH - This is an information list for members of the Association for Language Learning who are teachers of French. It provides an opportunity for teachers of French to exchange ideas and information.

LBCNC-VETNURSING - List for veterinary nursing lecturers in Land-Based Colleges National Consortium LBCNC member colleges.

CHESSPG - This group is for the members of the Planning Group for CHESS (CHESS - Consortium of Higher Education Support Services with Deaf Students) - separate from CHESSForum.

SRCMOODLE - Southern Regional College Cross campus Online support for Moodle

External Engagement

TRANSLATIONZOO - List to organise translations for the Zooniverse Citizen Science projects to improve access for speakers of all languages around the world.

UKOLN-NEWS - Providing news about UKOLN, the JISC-funded national centre of expertise in digital information management.

TRANSMISSION-HOSPITALITY - This list is used by the organisers of Transmission: HOSPITALITY conference and new journal Transmission: Annual to communicate with contributors, including artists, writers, critics, curators, and academics.


MEDICAL-TRAVEL - This list is for academic researchers throughout the world working on international health and medical travel (health and medical tourism, cross-border healthcare consumption, etc.). Here we discuss ideas, share resources and keep one another up-to-date on happenings regarding the field's development.

AI4FM-INFO - AI4FM is a project aimed at using AI techniques to learn from human users how to discharge Proof Obligations that arise in typical formal method applications. This list will keep people informed of progress.

AI4FM-GROUP - AI4FM is a project aimed at using AI techniques to learn from human users how to discharge Proof Obligations that arise in typical formal method applications. This list is for members of the project.

ASEXUALITYSTUDIES - Within the past decade, a growing number of individuals, self-identifying as asexual, have come together to form asexual communities. Although self-definitions vary widely, many of these individuals describe themselves as experiencing little or no sexual desire.
In addition, they do not regard asexuality as a pathological condition but, rather, as a variant of human sexual expression. For researchers in the field of psychology and related disciplines, the elaboration of asexual identities and the growth of online asexual communities raise a range of questions about pathology, normativity and normality, the universality of sexual desire, the importance of sexuality to self-identity, and societal conceptions of what it means to be a fully-functioning person. This list provides a forum for researchers in this growing field to meet, network and exchange ideas.

IDEALIB - the IDEAlib list provides communication between a number of Informatics groups interested in applying text-mining, metadata enhancement, and visualization tools to textual data held by academic libraries. The aim is to develop tools to enhance resource discovery and the research process.

GEOGREL - This list provides a forum for the discussion of geographies of religions, beliefs, faith and spirituality. Discussions focus on research, teaching and associated issues of relevance to the intersection of faith and spirituality with place and community.

FMO-NEWS - Forced Migration Online FMO is provides online access to a diverse range of resources concerning the situation of forced migrants worldwide. This list is for those who wish to subscribe to the termly FMO newsletter.

Be the first to preview future enhancements

Be among the first to preview our new enhancements by joining our consultation group. You could be one of a select group of people to get a first look and give us your comments. If you join the consultation group, you will get an opportunity to shape the direction of JISCMail’s exciting improvements.

Go to and click on the subscribe/unsubscribe link to join us.

Operational News

The JISCMail service will be unavailable for essential maintenance on Saturday June 12th between 10 - 6pm for approximately 4 hours. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The JANET 'at risk' period applies to the JISCMail service and occurs every Tuesday morning between 07:00 and 09:00. Wherever possible, all maintenance will be conducted within this period.

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