GEM JISCMail

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With 2000+ subscribers, the list connects you with the strongest communication network in the UK relating to museum education. Some subscribers are based overseas.

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Messages sent via the GEM list (after 1998) can be viewed at www.jiscmail.ac.uk/gem

How do I subscribe and post to the list?

  • To post to the list, send to this address: gem@jiscmail.ac.uk Attachments are allowed.
  • You can join/amend your subscription by sending email commands to this address:  listserv@jiscmail.ac.uk
  • Send the email command you want to use to listserv@jiscmail.ac.uk  The title of the email doesn’t matter – it will be ignored by the automated system. Message body: commands only, no other text or images.

Useful email commands (send to listserv@jiscmail.ac.uk)

  • Join GEM Firstname Secondname – join (subscribe to) the GEM JISCmail email list
  • set GEM nomail – Pause messages. For example if going on holiday.   Important to do this if you set an out-of-office auto-response.
  • set GEM mail – Start receiving messages again, for example when you get back from holiday.
  • change GEM new@address.ac.uk – Change your subscribed email address to new@address.ac.uk
  • leave GEM – Leave/unsubscribe from the GEM list.  You can rejoin at any time.

If you need help, contact the list owner at GEM-request@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

What guidelines should I follow?

  • Messages sent to JISCMail lists should be courteous and appropriate.
  • Do not criticise people in a way that is likely to cause offence.
  • If you have an issue with someone’s post, contact them off-list first. Keep in mind the two points above.
  • If you personally feel offended or upset by a message criticising you or a message you sent to the list, please contact the GEM list owner (Martin Bazley) at gem-request@jiscmail.ac.uk
  • Before setting an out-of-office response, suspend mail to the GEM list.
  • The GEM list owner is not responsible for user conduct. You are responsible for your interaction with other members of the list.
  • Job, paid internship and volunteer post advertisements are permitted.   Please take account of relevant guidance in relation to pay levels and other parameters.
  • Calls for papers and notices of conferences are permitted once or twice per event. If your conference title contains an acronym, please spell it out so that people new to it have a sense of the topic.
  • Notices of commercially-run training and courses are permitted where they clearly meet the needs of building capacity in the sector and only in relation to specific start dates.  Simply advertising that training or courses are available is not permitted
  • We understand that some of our list members provide commercial services to the museum sector and that sometimes your commercial projects or services may be relevant to list discussions. Please refer to the JISCMail Acceptable Use policies for their policies on posting and please don’t use posts to the list as an opportunity to recite your CV or your latest clients.

Please ensure you read the guidelines for use of the GEM JISCmail list.

Accessing and Usage

By accessing or using the GEM JISCmail list you accept and agree to these guidelines. Disputes, concerns and feedback on these guidelines should be sent to the GEM list owner at gem-request@jiscmail.ac.uk

Moderation
  • The GEM list owner has the right, but not the obligation, to regulate content and conduct by any user and to enforce these guidelines.
  • Posts to the list cannot be deleted or modified once sent out via the list.
Content
  • The GEM list owner does not control, is not responsible for and is not represented by user content.
  • You are responsible for any content that you post and are responsible for all content posted or transmitted through or by use of your account.
  • You are responsible for assessing the safety of following any external links in messages.
  • List members come from a wide variety of backgrounds. To reach the widest possible audience, please expand acronyms and provide short definitions for discipline-specific jargon.
  • Job, paid internship and volunteer post advertisements are permitted. Please take account of relevant guidance in relation to pay levels and other parameters.
  • Calls for papers and notices of conferences are permitted once or twice per event. If your conference title contains an acronym, please spell it out so that people new to it have a sense of the topic.
  • Notices of commercially-run training and courses are permitted where they clearly meet the needs of building capacity in the sector and only in relation to specific start dates.  Simply advertising that training or courses are available is not permitted.
  • We understand that some of our list members provide commercial services to the museum sector and that sometimes your commercial projects or services may be relevant to list discussions. Please refer to the JISCMail Acceptable Use policies for their policies on posting and please don’t use posts to the list as an opportunity to recite your CV or your latest clients.We also ask that you don’t advertise commercial services (yours or otherwise) without invitation, by which we mean promotion of a paid-for product or service outside the context of discussions of relevant products or services.  If a user asks for examples of “product X”, you may share information about a product you are or are not affiliated with. We understand that judgements about ‘commercial posts’ can be subjective, but as a guide, any list post should add more value to the wider membership than to a commercial entity. For example, an ad might say, ‘We’ve done a thing like [the topic being discussed], contact me to find out what we know’ where a helpful post might say ‘We’ve done a thing like [the topic being discussed], here’s what we learnt/tried…’
Conduct
  • The GEM list owner is not responsible for user conduct. You are responsible for your interaction with other members of the list.
  • Messages sent to JISCMail lists should be courteous and appropriate, and should not disrupt the flow of discussion on a list.
  • Do not criticise people in a way that is likely to cause offence.
  • If you have an issue with someone’s post, contact them off-list first.
  • If you personally feel offended or upset by a message criticising you or a message you sent to the list, please contact the GEM list owner (Martin Bazley) at gem-request@jiscmail.ac.uk
  • Before setting an out-of-office response, suspend mail to the GEM list.
Copyright

Make sure you have the right to share or distribute information and content on the list which, for these purposes, should be considered public.

Use of data

The collection of GEM list users’ personal information (including, but not limited to email addresses, IP addresses and telephone numbers) is not allowed for any purpose.

JISCmail Guidelines

By participating in the GEM list, you are also bound by the JISCMail policies and JISCMail Acceptable Use Policy. JISCMail also suggest list etiquette. We ask that you refer to the JISCMail Acceptable Use policies for guidance on posting, particularly:

  • JISCMail does not allow spam, junk mail, chain letters or other unsolicited bulk email, commercial or otherwise, on any list.
  • The posting of unsolicited commercial or advertising material is not allowed.
  • Messages sent to JISCMail lists should be courteous and appropriate, and should not disrupt the flow of discussion on a list.

If you do not want to accept these guidelines, you may reject them by ceasing all access and use of the GEM JISCMail list.

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