Scout Report: Week ending August 19, 1994

August 19, 1994

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offered by InterNIC Information Services to the US. research and education community and others who who will benefit from the listed resources. Included are selected new and newly-discovered online resources, network news, and bits of net culture. The Scout Report is accessible via gopher and World Wide Web, and is distributed in both ascii and html formats via electronic mailing lists. See below for additional information and complete Scout Report access methods.
NOTE: Internet resources announced during the off-week for the Scout Report (ending August 12) will not be missed. All sources normally used to build the Report will be covered in their entirety. The Report will be a bit longer this week and next as we incorporate these items. The '...College and University Web Servers' section has returned after a summer haitus. (Seems everyone's back from vacation.) Comments on the content of the Scout Report, and in particular the length of the Report and the individual items, are welcome and can be sent to
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Highlights in this week's Report:

  • Department of Education offers Online Library.
  • Now that the cosmic dust has settled, check out the Shoemaker-Levy comet /Jupiter collision images and data provided by NASA.
  • ARL's Directory of Electronic Journals available online.
  • Call for Internet in the classroom experiences for InterNIC newsletter.
  • The King is alive and living on the 'Net: Elvis Homepage.

World Wide Web


National Information Infrastructure

  • The Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights was established within the Information Policy Committee of the Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF) to examine the intellectual property implications of the NII. The group has released a preliminary draft of its report, Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure, which is now available on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office WWW server.
  • New documents on the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) gopher:
    • Applications Conference To Be Held, 09/07/94
    • IITF August Report (08/10/94)
    • Calendar of Public Events (08/10/94)
    • Report of Advanced Digital Video in the NII Workshop
    • IITF July Report (07/11/94)
    • Information Infrastructure Inventories
    • Federal Telemedicine Funding Mechanisms (08/10/94)
    • Framework for NII Services (HTML-formatted)
    • 07/27/94 Intl Working Group Hearing Transcript
    • 07/28/94 Intl Working Group Hearing Transcript
    • Technology Policy Working Group 07/07/94 Minutes


  • An EFF FAQ for the 'Net activist: the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has compiled a list of Usenet newsgroups and Internet mailing lists and other resources of use to the online activist. Includes activism forums, and topical forums (computing futures, access to govt. info, privacy and censorship, regional politics, NII/GII/"Data Superhighway" issues, vitual community, civil liberties & human rights, etc.)
  • The InterNIC newsletter, the NSF Network News, will focus on education and the Internet in the the upcoming September/October issue. If you are an educator who has used an Internet resource or service in the classroom, we would like to include your real-life examples of how the Internet has been used to enrich the learning experience. Contributions should provide sufficient detail to allow others to find and use the resource that you recommend. Please include your name, title, organization, email address, phone number, the URL or location of the resource or service, a brief description of how you used the resource, and how your students benefitted from the experience. Contributions can be sent to

Weekend Scouting

  • The Elvis Presley Home Page is a musical and visual tribute to The King. Here you can find a tour of Graceland (Elvis' home), photographs, and sound clips. Also available are two nifty Elvis Windows applications.
  • The Speculative Fiction Clearing House has pointers to many different net resources relating to science fiction and fantasy.

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.

NOTE: In addition to the ascii version, the Scout Report is distributed in HTML format via a separate mailing list. This allows 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 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. Thank you.
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