Scout Report: Week ending July 29, 1994

July 29, 1994

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offered by InterNIC Information Services to the US. research and education and entire Internet community via email, gopher, and World Wide Web. Included are selected new and newly-discovered online resources, network news, and bits of net culture. See below for additional information and complete Scout Report access methods.
NOTE: In addition to the ascii version, the Scout Report is now being distributed in HTML format via a separate mailing list. This will allow sites to easily add the Scout Report to their local WorldWideWeb servers each week, providing fast access for local users. Subscription information for the scout-report-html mailing list is included in the general information below. Note that permission statements appear on both versions of the Scout Report, and we ask that these be included in any re- posting or re-distributing of the report.
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Highlights in this week's Report:

  • Library of Congress Electronic Digital Library
  • FinanceNet
  • Alex: A Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet
  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
  • MIT and CERN form WWW Organization

World Wide Web:

  • John December has reorganized and redesigned the hypertext interface to his lists of information sources about the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication and Internet Tools. The hypertext interface for both lists now allows a user to retrieve just the desired section, sub-section, or sub-sub-section by using tables of contents at one, two, or three levels.
  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) WWW server. CPSR is a non-profit, public interest organization concerned with the effects of computers on society. CPSR is supported by its membership and has chapters throughout the country.
  • The Cyberspace Report: A public affairs radio show aired on KUCI, 88.9 FM in Irvine, California every Wednesday from 6:00 to 6:30 PM. The Cyberspace Report explores social issues of computing using interview and topic shows. Audio files of the programs are available for downloading in sections, with the size of each file clearly marked. Current show include feature interviews with Mark Poster on post modernism and the Internet, and Mark Bernstein on literary hypertext and the hypertext authoring tool StorySpace. Finally, Marc Smith discusses virtual communities on the Well.
  • The Daily News - Free Internet Sources. A catalog of those sites on the Internet that provide significant business and economic news on a daily basis, without charge. Includes publications organized by geographic regions around the world.
  • "Family Times Online" -an electronic magazine which includes links to other family-oriented resources.
    [NOTE: When last checked by the Internet Scout team, this site URL was no longer available.]
  • FinanceNet links government financial management professionals together in an effort to innovate and optimize the way governments manage taxpayer's resources. FinanceNet is associated with the NetResults network of people and reinvention teams at Vice President Gore's office of the National Performance Review, and was designed and is now supported by the National Science Foundation.
  • The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is a multinational federation of professional and technical organizations (or national groupings of such organizations) concerned with information processing. Dr. Vinton G. Cerf will be a keynote speaker at IFIP's 13th World Computer Congress on the Computing and Communications Evolution.
  • The United Kingdom's Information Technology Training Initiative (ITTI) has produced many products aimed at improving the availability of IT training materials (cbt, electronic, and hardcopy) to Universities in the UK. ITTI also makes their products available to other institutions.
  • Kennedy Homepage: Senator Edward Kennedy's Web page, including links to information on issues of interest to the Senator, online resources available in and for Massachusetts, and other government information. Note that an election year freeze has been in effect since July 23, preventing any update of information until after the election on November 8, 1994.
  • List of Libraries available via WWW.
  • The Library of Congress new World Wide Web server, the first step in the Library's Electronic Digital Library project. The first collections include approximately 4000 prints and photographs from the American Memory project, and Country Studies from the Federal Research Division. All collections are searchable through an advanced text retrieval system. Also available is an Online Exhibits Program of exhibits on display at the Library. The Library's Home Page also provides a connection to LC MARVEL(the Library's gopher-based campus-wide information system ) and LOCIS (the Library's database retrieval system ).
  • A hypertext version of the LINGUIST List, the electronic mailing list of the linguistics community, is available on the University of Rochester, Department of Linguistics.
    [Note: Site formerly maintained by Rochester University.]
  • NTIS FedWorld WWW homepage includes a list of more than 100 US. Government information servers, each sorted by NTIS Subject categories. Also, limited information on the services provided by NTIS, as well as access to many of the free files that are available from the dialup/telnet FedWorld interface.
  • Network and Computer Security resources reference index. Topics include FAQs, WWW Information Sources, USENet News Groups, FTP Sites, and Mailing Lists & Mail Addresses.


  • Alex: A Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet, is a new service offered by Oxford University. Alex allows users to find and retrieve the full-text of documents on the Internet. It currently indexes over 700 books and shorter texts by author and title, incorporating texts from Project Gutenberg, Wiretap, the On-line Book Initiative, the Eris system at Virginia Tech, the English Server at Carnegie Mellon University, and the on-line portion of the Oxford Text Archive.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics public database, called LABSTAT, provides current and historical data for 26 surveys, as well as numerous press releases. LABSTAT on the Internet is composed of individual databases (in flat file format) corresponding to each of the surveys.
    Additional URL:
  • "The Educator's Guide to the Internet" was written and designed by educators for educators or anyone who wants to unlock the secrets of the Internet without possessing a degree in computer science. A user-friendly to help you find the resources around the world that will be of most use to you in the classroom. The Educator's Guide is a 170-page book packed with detailed tutorials, easy-to-follow and useful examples, and tips on major Internet functions. Available for $16.00 from the Virginia Space Grant Program. Send mail to:
  • "The K-12 Network Technology Planning Guide" developed by the California Department of Education is now available in gopherspace.
  • The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) a non-profit consumer education group, now has a gopher site containing State of California and Federal legislation relating to the issue of privacy and informational fact sheets that are constantly being updated. Topics include; Your Social Security number, junk mail, e-mail in the work place, wiretapping, and many others.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office -- Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Web Home Page. Special emphasis is placed on locating resources of interest to the K-12 and public library communities. In deference to these two groups who often have slower SLIP or PPP access (if they have any access at all!) all inline graphics in the WisDPI page total less than 5k and the size of the file is indicated.


  • The Department of Justice gopher includes the text of the recent US vs. Microsoft decision.
  • MIT and CERN have announced plans for a joint effort to form and manage a WorldWideWeb organization. Tim Berners-Lee, the developer of the WorldWideWeb, will be the director of WorldWideWeb Organization (W3O). See NetNews on Global Network Navigator (GNN) for 2 reports on the announcement. Also available is a link to the newly constructed homepage for W3O.
  • WWW client: MacMosaic V1.0 alpha6, for Macintosh and Mac PowerPC, from NCSA.
  • WWW client: MacWeb V1.0 A2 for Macintosh, from EINet.

Weekend Scouting:

  • The Orienteering and Rogaining WWW Server is now on-line with information on clubs and federations from around the world, including schedules, results, maps and people to contact for more information. Orienteering is the use of a highly detailed map and a compass to find one's way through unknown surroundings and, if done competitively, in the least possible time. Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation in which teams of two to five members, on foot using map and compass, visit as many checkpoints as possible in up to twenty-four hours.
  • World Youth Baseball pages are now available via the web including scores, schedules and standings.

About the Scout Report

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offered by InterNIC Information Services to the Internet community as a fast, convenient way to stay informed about network activities. Its purpose is to combine in one place the highlights of new (and newly-discovered) online resources and other announcements seen on the Internet during the preceding week.

A wide range of topics are included in the Report with an emphasis on resources thought to be of interest to the InterNIC's primary audience, the research and education community. Each resource has been verified for substantial content and accessibility within a day of the release of the Report.

The Scout Report is provided in multiple formats -- electronic mail, gopher, World Wide Web, and now HTML. The gopher and World Wide Web versions of the Report include links to all listed resources. The Report is released every weekend.

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