The diffusion of BITNET: a communications system for universities

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BITNET, a US interuniversity telecommunications system, began operations in 1981. It was followed by the Canadian NORTHNET (1983) and the European EARN (1984). These systems permit interactive mailing of messages, data and texts. Their diffusion has been extremely fast along both time and space, and most research-based universities will soon be covered. The work of scientists and researchers could be dramatically changed, as such university-wide systems become integrated with other information systems and data bases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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