Scout Report: Week ending October 7, 1994

October 7, 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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Highlights In This Week's Report:

  • OCLC on the Web
  • Visit Hawaii, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and New Mexico... today.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service
  • Can't get those hot tickets to the WWW conference? Get daily updates.
  • Learn a little Italian.... ciao

World Wide Web

  • The Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library has been now added to the other four WWW Virtual Library systems (Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies, Demography & Population Studies, and Social Sciences) developed and maintained by the Research Schools of Social Sciences & Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra.
  • The Human-Languages Page is a collection of human-language resources on the Net, from tutorials to dictionaries to software to literature collections. The Page currently contains 100 links relating to 40 different languages, and the list grows every week.
  • OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 18,000 libraries in 61 countries and territories. OCLC now has a World-Wide Web server providing information about OCLC and its products and services, including product information, research results, documentation about how to use OCLC services, and electronic forms. In 1995, the server will provide links to OCLC Electronic Journals Online and the FirstSearch service, for subscribers to these reference services.
  • Univerisy of California San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences now offers a Web server with papers, images, and progress reports that relate to the Faint Object Spectrometer on the Hubble Space Telescope. Also available is information relating to the science, facilities, and personnel at the center.
  • The Hawai`i Home Page provides a starting point for access to Web services in the state of Hawai`i, including Hawai`i businesses, K-12 and higher education servers, state government agencies, various organizations and visitor information.
  • The State of Oklahoma Web Page contains current information and events in the Sooner state, ranging from arts and recreation to application procedures for research grants.
  • The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's server offers among other things a "point-and-click" guide to the outdoor recreation resources in the state of Nebraska, such as parks, fishing, and hunting.
  • A new WWW server called VIVA New Mexico promotes everything New Mexican.



  • The Sister Cities Listserv is devoted to those worldwide cities already maintaining Sister Cities relationships or those wishing to establish Sister Cities relationships. The list also attracts those organization contacts which work in close cooperation in enhancing these city government recognized contacts. This mailing list was created as an international focal point for the exchange of information and as a central information location for the 931 U.S. Sister Cities communities, and some 1530 foreign communities in 111 nations.

    To subscribe to the list, send email to:

    in the body of the message type:

National Information Infrastructure

  • A new WWW page "Telecom Information Resources on the Internet" is now available and promises to be a well-maintained source of current telecom information on the 'Net.
  • On September 23, 1994, Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee announced his decision to withdraw from further consideration S. 1822, the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1994. In a written statement, Senator Hollings explains his reasons for taking this action. This has triggered a number of responses. An initially comprehensive set of statements by key players and third parties is now available by gopher and WWW on These include: Senator Hollings Statement, Senator Dole's Statement, MFJ Task Force Reaction, Sprint Reaction, American Telemedicine Association Reaction, National Association of Development Organization Reaction, Access2000 (Independent Film & Video Producers) Reaction.
    FTP: cd pub/Announcements_on_S.1822_Withdrawal
    questions or copies via email or snail mail, send a message to:

  • New documents on the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) gopher.
    • Technology Policy Working Group 09/12/94 Minutes
    • Global Information Infrastructure Awards Announcement
    • NII Awards Entry Kit
    • Comments Extended to 10/27 on Intellectual Property
    • Hearing/Public Comments on NII Security Issues
    • Universal Service Virtual Conference Starts 11/14/94
    • 1994 NECET Grant Awards 10/04/94
    • Notice of NII Advisory Council Meeting to be held on 10/19/94
    • NII Advisory Council 06/20/94 Meeting Summary Minutes
    • Global Information Infrastructure: Progress Report - Web version
    • Global Information Infrastructure: Progress Report - Gopher version


  • The next World Wide Web conference, beginning 17 October in Chicago, is already a sold out event. Two Web pages have been established in anticipation of a need to provide articles and updates across the Web for people who are interested - or who couldn't get in. The alternate site for the WWW Conference and the complete agenda.
  • Daily reports sent live from an InterNaut at the scene of the WWW conference will also be available via email from the folks behind WEBster:

    send mail to:

  • An ISDN World Wide Web page is now available which lets you flip between product info from different ISDN cards, software, and ISDN Internet access vendors quickly, making comparisons easy. It also has links to all known online technical specs related to ISDN. You can even order ISDN equipment online (gasp!). New info is constantly being added, and input is welcome.
  • "In, Around and Online" -A Weekly Summary of Consumer Online Services is a painless way to stay tuned to events in the worlds of Compuserve, Prodigy, America Online, etc. A weekly report, not too long, and an easy read.

    FTP: pub/robert/
    Email: send a message to the author --

Weekend Scouting

  • Veggies Unite! is a searchable index of 800+ vegetarian recipes. Also other topics such as storage tips, vitamins, and many links to nutrition and health WWW and gopher sites all over the world.
  • During the next two weeks, the Booleweb server at University College, Cork, Ireland will have information on the 39th Cork Film Festival. The festival will screen 160 films including 33 feature films, 30 documentaries and short films and ninety-nine short films.
  • If you are looking for NFL or NBA scores, schedules stats, or history you can check out the WWW Sports Information Service where results are updated on a daily basis. {The Pack was suppose to be back!}
  • Italian lessons on the 'Net! {yes!}

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.

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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)
  • Gopher
  • FTP
  • Email
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A WWW address is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and always begins with a string of characters followed by a colon and two right brackets. For example:

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Copyright 1994 General Atomics.
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