NETWORKS AND DEVELOPEMENT FOUNDATION
Being one of the first conclusions of the REDALC study to lower the barriers to let the users in the future enter the communication network, the need to create an e-mail interface for novice users was realized. This has been adapted multilingual to IBM compatible systems.
The REDALC office developed MULBRI ("Mensajería Unión Latina Al Beneficio De La Redes De Investigación", Messager of the Latin Union for the Benefit of Investigation Networks) first for internal use (Connection between the offices of the Latin Union and the world), and afterwards for the investigation networks.
The first version was for networks of the type european EARN - BITNET and used a protocol adapted to the 'VMS' machines adapting the SIM - PC emulator. Later a version for UUCP was developed which received progress thanks to interactions with users of the dominican REDID network. This shows the publication "The MULBRI interface and the information administration in academical networks". (In "A new way to communicate your knowledge", pp211-224 UNESCO/CRESALC, 11/1993)
This work was presented in the Network Servie Conference, Pisa, Italy, 11/1992 (See "Report on Pisa Conference", D. Pimienta, Internet Society News, Vol.1, No.4, 1992) with the title "MULBRI, a State of the Art PC Based Interface to Research Networks" from Didier Dupy D'Angeac (1992)
Unfortunately there weren't the financial possibilities to optimize this product (i.e. with TCP/IP) which had great functionality (like multilinguistic, DOS / graphics).
You can download the installation program for MULBRI-UUCP and the user guide which was worked out again in 1995 for users of the REDID network.
Anyway, much of our concepual strenght and work about the user and the information administration lets us continue with the projections about how has an novice user interface got to be.
Look as well at the communication "This is what they call communication software", explained during the realization of the MESA-L as integral part of the Anual Convention of the Venezolano Association for the Advance of the Science, ASOVAC. P. Liendo, Nov. 1994.