Scout Report: Week ending May 20, 1994

May 20, 1994

World Wide Web:

  1. WWW server at The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and its Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF), at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. This NASA supported RPIF acts as a reference library providing planetary science researchers with access to the extensive collection of image data from planetary missions.
  2. EcoSystems at the University of Virginia is a recycling and environmental information server. It provides and connects users to local, regional, national, and international environmental info. Includes WWW and gopher servers, a public Lynx Web client, keyword search capabilities, mailing list info, isolated IRC chats, and more.
  3. The SunSite Communications archive is now on the web. IRC logs from the Gulf War, Russian revolution, California Earthquake; a large collection of papers dealing with virtual communities, chats, and muds; the April Fools archive.
  4. The School-to-Work Opportunities Act is now available on the Internet in the U.S. Department of Education's online library. The Act was signed into law on May 4, 1994. Also available: fact sheets on grants, tech prep, career academies, youth apprenticeships, more.
  5. The Global Student Newswire project is a collaboration by a group of student journalists and media scholars dedicated to creating a multimedia source of formal news stories on the Internet. It consists of a set of standards for writing news stories and a collection of Internet resources devoted to the project.
  6. An article written for WIRED magazine by Stewart A. Baker, chief counsel for the National Security Agency, is available online at the addresses listed below. The article, "Don't Worry Be Happy", discusses key escrow encryption. Mr. Baker will host a Q & A session on the Clipper Chip on America Online in Center Stage on Thursday May 26, 1994, from 7-9 p.m. EST.
  7. The Internet Multicasting Service in conjunction with the New York University Stern School of Business Information Systems Department are pleased to bring to the WWW community all corporate filings submitted electronically by publicly traded firms to the SEC.
  8. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is now part of the World-Wide Web.
  9. Wondering what an abbreviation or ancronym really means? Use the Acronym Translator via e-mail or WWW to receive back the English meaning of that alphabet soup you've been wondering about for days.

Recently Announced College and University Web sites:

National Information Infrastructure (NII):

Posted this week on the Department of Commerce NTIA gopher:
  • Larry Irving Testimony, House Minority Enterprise Subcommittee Hearing
  • Minutes of the Technology Policy Working Group meeting on 04/14/94
  • Calendar of Upcoming Public Events
  • Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF) May Report
  • IITF Factsheet, revised 5/10/94

Weekend Scouting:

  • The University of Tennessee Division of Continuing Education -- Home Page for the Smoky Mountain Field School which offers supervised wilderness adventures for people of all ages and levels of experiences.
  • FINS, the Fish Information Service contains information about keeping aquariums, both marine and freshwater.
  • The Railroad-related Internet Resources page provides links to documents, databases, mailing lists, and file servers relevant to railfans, model railroaders, an d others interested in rail transportation.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]