Scout Report: Week ending September 23, 1994

September 23, 1994

The Scout Report is a weekly publication provided by InterNIC Information Services to assist InterNauts in their ongoing quest to know what's new on and about the Internet. It focuses on those resources thought to be of interest to the InterNIC's primary audience, researchers and educators, however everyone is welcome to subscribe and there are no associated fees.

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Newbie Newz subscription instructions corrected at bottom.

Highlights In This Week's Report:

  • Several great Web sites, including the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, Salzburg's Sommerszene Festival, and Filmmaker magazine.
  • Tidbits of 'Net stats in 'NetBytes
  • Glass Wings

World Wide Web

  • AgriGator is a WWW server at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The Institute is part of the University of Florida and serves the agricultural, human, and natural resources needs for the State of Florida through on-campus instruction, at 20 Research and Education Centers, and at Cooperative Extension Service offices in 67 counties. This WWW is provided as a resource to support the many and varied agricultural and related activities of the Institute and other interested individuals. IFAS welcomes you to the SWAMP, home of the AgriGator. Visit the different areas within the swamp but be careful where you step, it has not been completely explored and there are many hidden gators in the water.
  • The Andy Warhol Museum Home Page includes a tour of the museum, samples of various works by the artist as well as directions, times, admission fees, and other information.
  • The first Aviation/Aerospace Newspaper to be available on the Internet via the World Wide Web is The Avion Online. Produced at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, this weekly college newspaper specializes in coverage of aerospace activity, such as the space shuttle, and aviation topics like the Lockheed/Martin merger. Get weekly reports from students who are studying the very stories they are reporting.
  • The Cascades Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological Survey has announced a WWW server offering information on volcanically-induced geologic and hydrologic hazards as well as images of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena. Includes links to ther components of the USGS Volcano Hazards Program such as the Alaska and Hawaii Volcano Observatory and the international Volcano Disaster Assistance Program.
  • Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review announces the release of Creating a Government that Works Better and Costs Less: 1994 Status Report in full hyper-media. The 1994 report summarizes reinvention efforts across federal agenices during the last year. The report includes several hundred links to pictures, audio clips, as well as the NPR's extensive library of reinvention reference materials. The report is a complement part of the National Performance Review's recently released ToolKit, an interactive World Wide Web Home Page.
  • Florida Tech School of Aeronautics.
  • Fractal Geometry, Feedback and Chaos are the themes of Contours of the Mind, An exhibition of Sonic and Visual Art at the Australian National University in Canberra. The event has brought together a unique blend of visual art, science and music from Australia and abroad. An online catalogue of submitted works is now available.
  • Canada's Geographical Names of Canada Centre for Mapping, Geomatics Canada, Natural Resources Canada, has announced the opening of a bilingual Web site offering a variety of selections including information about the CPCGN, publications, digital products and the Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB). A popular selection will be the "query" of Canada's official geographical names, a limited search of the CGNDB, displaying such fields as province, latitude, longitude, NTS map, etc. At this moment, "Geo-Names Canada" is a stand-alone site, but the National Atlas Information Service (NAIS) web site is soon to be released and these two resources will then be integrated.
    [Note: Site title has changed since the original Scout Report review. Site formerly referred to in the Scout Report as "Geographical Names Section."]
  • NASA Public Affairs HomePage: Do you know why Congress created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958? NASA's directives are to conduct aeronautical and space "activities; create a science program using aeronautical and space vehicles, and inform the public as widely as possible about agency activities and their benefits. The homepage contains images, sound and text to explain what NASA does and why, and has links to many other NASA pages.
  • NYU's Center for Digital Multimedia welcomes the first of its affiliates onto their World Wide Web server: FILMMAKER, an informative and irreverent magazine that focuses on independent movie-making. It is a joint publication of the Independent Feature Project and the Independent Feature Project/West.
  • The Oneida Indian Nation of New York WWW site provides historical and cultural information about the "Onyota'a:ka:"- "The People of the Standing Stone". Read the Introduction to Oneida Indian Nation by Ray Halbritter, the federally recognized Nation Representative. Look into such topics as Economic Sovereignty, Cultural Rebirth, and Mind, Body, and Spirit.
  • Sommerszene Festival 1994 in Salzburg, Austria is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its international festival of contempory performing arts. "An Inquiry into the Art of Survival Part I: A Season in Hell" offers Theater, Dance, Text, Music and Film. Over the years renowned artists from all over the world have met an open audience here to give the town the reputation of being more than just the upper-class meeting point for traditional culture.


National Information Infrastructure

  • Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Japan has begun providing information on the Web, including the MPT News(press releases), white papers, and reports of the telecommunications council.
  • New documents on the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) gopher.
    • Technology Policy Working Group Charter
    • Technology Policy Working Group Minutes 08/18/94
    • Global Information Infrastructure Update
    • IITF September Report
    • Calendar of Public Events
    • Irving Testimony on S. 1822, given 09/20/94
    • Health Information and Applications Working Group Charter
    • IITF Factsheet, Revised 09/12/94
    • America Speaks Out, Universal Service Hearings Summary
    • NTIA Universal Service NOI, Comments Requested
    • IITF Meeting Minutes from meeting held on 07/26/94


  • A new issue of the The Internet Index has been released, with a nice collection of trivia numbers related to the Internet. For instance, "Percentage of US public libraries offering Internet searches by staff: 21" Sources of the stats are also available.

    Email: send a message to

    in the body of the message type:

    subscribe internet-index [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]

  • The University of Twente (UT), The Netherlands, maintains a WWW server with information on network management protocols. Contains links to a large number of free SNMP software packages, including documentation and source code of UT-SNMPv2. It also includes lists of network management standards, articles, the Simple Times, CMIP-RUN etc.
  • The growth of WWW and Mosaic use seems unabated. Overall WWW traffic in August hit 1.3 Terabytes or 8 % of the total NSFNet backbone traffic. NCSA has become the second biggest Internet site in the world in terms of traffic from its site - 406 Gbytes per month. The biggest is still MIT (site for distribution of X-windows). [From the Internet Society.]
  • The Sept 15th snapshot of the commercial domains registered with InterNIC shows 20,242 unique commercial domains compared with 18,403 as of Aug 15, 1994. The net increase of 1,839 domains represents and 10.0% month gain. [From the folks at Internet Info. Additional details forthcoming.]
  • The Well Connected Mac aims to be a single entry point to all Macintosh resources on the Web. Check for software, online journals, product reviews, full hypertext versions of several Macintosh FAQ lists and more.

Weekend Scouting

  • Glass Wings has now opened its doors onto the electronic frontier. This Australian site covers a wide range of interests including news, games, entertainment, humour, travel, books and magazines, the environment, human rights, food, health, the educational, sexuality, the arts and a writers forum. Glass Wings is a companion project of Xanadu Australia.
  • The first Vangelis Home Page is online. The page consists of many pictures, digitized music and animations. Vangelis is a famous synthisizer guru and he has made soundtracks for many movies. Also included in this page is a section specific to Bladerunner, the most discussed movie of the Internet.
  • Over The Coffee is a new a World Wide Web site providing coffee-related information to both coffee enthusiasts and coffee professionals. Look for a glossary of coffee terminology and a list of retail mail order coffee and tea vendors.


  • The address for subscriptions to the NewbieNewz was incorrectly stated in last week's Scout Report. The correct and complete instructions are below. Apologies for any inconveniences.

    send email to: NewbieNewz-request@IO.COM

    leave the subject line blank
    in the body of the message type: subscribe NewbieNewz

    (note, you can only subscribe yourself)

    for information about NewbieNewz, in the body of the message type: info NewbieNewz

    Newbie Newz archives .zip files.

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The four network tools referenced most often in the Scout Report are World Wide Web, gopher, email, and FTP. Occasionally WAIS and Telnet addresses are also listed.

After each resource at least one address is listed, and sometimes more. This is because some resources are available through multiple network tools. The network tool addresses are always listed in the same order after each resource:

  • World Wide Web (WWW)
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