The Electronic Conference on Simulation (ELECSIM) was held in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. In the mid-1990s there were several groups experimenting with the use of mailing lists as an online conferencing mechanism. After reading about some of these at the University of Maryland and seeing products like Convene, Roger Smith, an engineer in the military simulation industry undertook to create a conference on military simulation. The first event was held in 1994 and mediated through the Majordomo software to distribute conference papers and graphics to the attendees who registered to attend the conference. That first event attracted 400 participants from 16 countries. The conference consisted of 17 papers, one of which was presented every few days through email distribution. Discussions ensued for several days and then the next paper was distributed for reading and discussion. Following the success of the first conference, the organizers and sponsors continued to produce the event for 4 years. In 1995 the conference materials were also posted on the brand-new World Wide Web and accessible to a few people through the NCSA Mosaic browser. However, few people in the simulation
Contributions by Roger.smith, Bearian, and Jojhutton.