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Cultural Exchange via Internet - Opportunities and Strategies
Forum of the House of World Cultures, Berlin, 12 October - 4 December, 1998

[as of December 1st 1998 the forum has been prolonged - ... open-ended]

Subject:Re: 4th Summary available
Date:Tue, 17 Nov 1998 13:56
Author:Radio Bridge Overseas  []

From: Klaus Juergen Schmidt / Radio Bridge Overseas / Harare

Gerhard Haupt, moderator of the forum "Cultural Exchange via Internet" wrote in his latest circular:

> please keep in mind that the forum will come to an end in just about 3 weeks. If you wish to contribute your opinions and experiences to the debate, you should do it soon, to give the others a chance to comment and answer.
After the end of the forum (4 December) the website, including the contribution's archive will remain on the net.

Why is that? Because funds are available only for a limited period of time? Do we really need funds to keep an interaction going which has just started to reach out? Why should it not be possible to continue?

What has been the the interest to trigger such a forum in the first place? If it is of academic nature, ending up in another publication only, it would be certainly of interest to academics, but such a forum should also consider practitioners who might not be interested to have an occasional glimpse on the contribution's archive once the whole thing ends.

The use of Internet should be a synergic one, it allows permanent update and continued interaction, and a search for new alliances which should not fall victim to a deadline.

Communication software should allow cost-free communication, may be without moderator, summaries and language versions beyond English. Don't shut everything behind the door of an archive.



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