Scout Report: Week ending October 21, 1994

October 21, 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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Errata: Last week's Scout Report included the Daily News pointer listed below. I have been alerted by several of our loyal readers that the UPI, USA Today and additional selected publications are in fact not available to the general Internet population. It is possible to follow these links through several menus, but when you reach the level of actual content a terse message is returned in place of the text of the article. (More than one reader also mentioned that they didn't appreciate being addressed as "dude" in the return message they received, but then that's another issue altogether. ;-)

My apologies for not confirming access to each publication more thoroughly and for any confusion this has caused.

Daily News - Free Internet Sources
choose: NSTN CYBRARY/Internet READING Room/Daily News

Highlights In This Week's Report:

  • The White House Interactive Web Server As noted by a net.colleague: "We've come a long way from the White House without direct dial telephones or accessible fax machines of two years ago."
  • Internet Training Video available from USGS
  • Mosaic Communications releases its first public browser: NetScape
  • The Moscow Libertarium provides a link to guidelines on installing Cyrillic fonts in your WWW browser
  • The Breeder's Cup on the 'net, via school kids and the Web

World Wide Web

  • "Welcome to the White House: An Interactive Citizens' Handbook" was announced Thursday, October 20 by Vice-President Al Gore on C-SPAN and the Internet's Multi-cast Backbone (M-bone). The White House Web server is a great starting point for finding government information, including executive branch offices and agencies, and the ongoing Government Information Locator Service (GILS) initiative working to provide easier access to government information. It's well organized, has a nice look and feel, and good response time.

    >From the White House Press Release:

    "In an effort to make government information more readily accessible to citizens across the country, Vice President Gore, joined by Associate Director for Technology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Lionel S. (Skip) Johns and world-renowned artist Peter Max, today (10/20) unveiled the first interactive, multimedia, electronic citizens' handbook on the White House, including detailed information about Cabinet-level and independent agencies, and information about the First Family and the White House. "Welcome to the White House: An Interactive Citizens' Handbook" provides a single point of access to all electronic government information on the Internet, a vast electronic computer network used by people in more than 150 countries. Examples of accessible material demonstrated at today's event include information about the President and Vice President and their families, a virtual tour of the White House, detailed information about Cabinet-level and independent agencies, a subject-searchable index of federal information, and a map of Washington, D.C."
    • Ruggiano's School Home Page - created by a Beaverton Schools (Beaverton, OR) teacher to introduce students and teachers to the internet. Nicely organized collection of K12 Internet resources, including Education, Humanities, Science, Math, and Social Studies. Includes links to schools on the 'net, and a pointer to the K12 Internet School Site Page.
    • LAFEX, a laboratory of the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas devoted to Cosmology and High Energy Physics, has announced a WWW server.
    • The Health Info-Com Network Medical Newsletter (MEDNEWS) mirror for the USA is now operational at the University of Pennsylvania. This news is distributed biweekly and is very international in flavor. This Web site maintains an internal WAIS server to search by topics.
      [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
    • The Advertising Law Internet Site houses articles about the legal aspects of marketing products, with particular emphasis on infomercials, home shopping, and direct response TV. Other articles discuss 900 Number regulations, contest laws, business opportunity laws, and additional aspects of promotion law. The site also houses copies of FTC Guides and Speeches and FTC Rules and statutes. Consumer Advisories issued by the FTC will also be made available at the site.
    • The Screenwriters and Playwrights Page offers a variety of resources and services of special interest to professional and student scriptwriters alike, from film and script databases, format templates, marketing strategies, and discussion of the nuts-and-bolts of scriptwriting.
    • Over 400 megabytes of patent information are now available at the Internet Patent News Service's (IPNS) WWW Patent Searching home page, including being able to retrieve titles to all US patents since 1970 using the US patents Manual of Classification. Files with administrative information about PTO offices, as well as an archive of IPNS news releases are also available.
    • Moscow Libertarium is a project aimed at the information support of social activity and scientific research on the problems of liberalism, and liberal conscience in Russia. Important: most materials are in RUSSIAN! A link to the guidelines on installing Cyrillic fonts in your WWW-browsing program is included.
    • In light of the recent sightings of Basking Sharks Cetorhinus maximus in the New England coastal waters and the resultant influx of requests for information regarding this second largest of sharks, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts has assembled a short fact sheet regarding this species.
    • Conservation OnLine, (CoOL) a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text database covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of museum, archives and library materials.
    • LabSOURCE is a periodic newsletter produced by the University of California. It provides news and information on UC's management of three DOE laboratories -- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory -- and news highlights from the laboratories themselves.
    • The editors and staff of The MIT Press, invite you to browse through their on-line catalogues featuring recent books (1993-1994) and current journals. The MIT Press is one of the world's leading scholarly technical publishers, offering texts and monographs in the computational and cognitive sciences, architecture, photography, art and literary theory, economics, environmental science, and linguistics.


    National Information Infrastructure

    New documents on the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) gopher:
    • Irving Speech: NII: Public Institutions as On-Ramps
    • NII Awards Information
    • IITF October Report (10/12/94)
    • IITF Factsheet (Revised 10/12/94)
    • NII Advisory Council 09/13/94 Meeting Summary Minutes
    • Calendar of Public Events (10/12/94)
    • Notice of Intellectual Property Working Group Hearings
    • V.P. Gore Speech to Center for Communication 10/17/94
    • Intellectual Property WG 09/14/94 Hearing Transcript
    • Intellectual Property WG 09/16/94 Hearing Transcript
    • Intellectual Property WG 09/22/94 Hearing Transcript
    • Intellectual Property WG 09/23/94 Hearing Transcript


    • The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a video titled "Connecting to the Internet." It is released as a USGS Open File Report and all material contained in the videotape is in the public domain. This training videotape provides information on how to get connected to the international network of networks called "the Internet." It is intended to help the viewer be aware of the complexities involved in shopping for the hardware and software products and services needed to connect to the Internet as a host computer in order to use powerful Internet client software. The training is oriented toward those who need occasional access and will be using a personal computer with a dial-up telephone line and an inexpensive modem. The citation: OF 94-570. Connecting to the Internet, by E. J. Christian. 1994. One VHS videotape, approximately 45 minutes $20.00. Copies of the tapes may be obtained by sending an order to:
      Book and Open-File Report Sales
      U.S. Geological Survey
      Federal Center
      Box 25286, MS 306
      Denver, Colorado 80225
      In the order, specify the Publication Series Number, Title, and Unit Price as follows: Open-File Report 94-570, "Connecting to the Internet", Unit Price: $20.00. For each copy, specify the Quantity you wish to order and the Total Price (Quantity times Unit Price), then add 10% if first class delivery is desired, or 25% for transmittal outside the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Clearly indicate the Total Amount Remitted. Payment in the form of check, money order, purchase order, or Government account, must accompany the order. Do not send cash. Drafts are to be made payable to "Department of the Interior - USGS." Please note that these videotapes are distributed in the VHS NTSC format. Other formats, such as PAL or SECAM, can be produced by special arrangement
    • Mosaic Communications Corporation (MCC) the company formed by several members the original NCSA Mosaic development team and others, has released their first widely available Web browser, called Mosaic Netscape (version 0.9) for Macintosh, Windows, and Unix. Here's their plans, taken directly from the MCC server:
      • Mosaic Netscape.0.9 (public beta version) is free for your personal use, subject to the terms detailed in the license agreement.
      • Subject to the timing and results of this beta cycle, Mosaic Communications will release Mosaic Netscape 1.0, also available free for personal use via the Internet. It will be subject to license terms; please review them when and if you obtain Mosaic Netscape 1.0.
      • A commercial version of Mosaic Netscape 1.0, including technical support from Mosaic Communications, will be available upon completion of the beta cycle.
      FTP: cd netscape
    • The Indiana University Support Center has begun maintaining html versions of the standard Emacs, Windows, and Perl FAQs for their UCS Knowledge Base. They've also added a Usenet Resources page, which provides a thorough introduction to newsgroups and newsreaders, including links to charters, RFCs, man pages, FAQs, periodic postings, and netiquette guides. Hint: click on the unlabled icons for more options.

    Weekend Scouting

    • Announcing a new WWW page for Mountain Biking enthusiasts. This page focuses on mountain biking in the San Francisco Bay area (including descriptions of several local trails), but also contains links to descriptions of mountain biking in other areas, including Pittsburgh, Colorado, Utah and New Zealand.
    • A WWW FAQ on Isaac Asimov is now available covering Dr. Asimov's personal life and the books he wrote. It includes pointers to bibliographies of his books and stories and other miscellaneous items on Dr. Asimov available on the Internet.
    • A University of Louisville journalism class is taking the Breeder's Cup 1994 from the racetrack to the Internet. The students are working in the Churchill Downs press box disseminating information about the Nov. 5 Breeder's Cup via the World Wide Web. Beginning Oct. 25, students will post daily summaries of the morning workouts and provide the latest analysis from the backside. Through a partnership with IgLou, the Internet Gateway of Louisville, the students' reports will be available on the World Wide Web, complete with text, graphics, video, and sound. For more information on the program, contact the instructor, Hugh Finn, at

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