Scout Report: Week ending October 28th, 1994

October 28, 1994

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Highlights In This Week's Report:

  • California Election results live on the 'Net
  • Data on the number of K12 Internet users
  • UK government on the Web
  • National Library of Medicine, Educational Technology Branch
  • Vice President's Open Meeting on Reinventing Government: Email participation is encouraged. Also available on the Web.

World Wide Web

  • The African Studies WWW server contains information on programs and resources at the University of Pennsylvania, in Africa, the U.S. and elsewhere. The African Studies Center is part of a four-school consortium, including Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • When California's Fall election results are posted on the Web it will be the first time live, on-line election results and pre - and post-election information is available on the Web. On November 8 anyone with Internet access can see California's general election returns in graphical, tabular formats, with up-to-the-minute accuracy, making this the largest live, on-line Internet project undertaken. Following election night, they will be able to access detailed summary data on the voting results.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is proud to announce the creation of the CPB EdWeb. Edweb is an on-line tutorial on education, technology, school reform and the Information Highway. Designed for both teachers and telecommunication enthusiasts, EdWeb offers a vast collection of on-line educational resources, success stories of how technology is used in the classroom, a history of the development of the Infobahn, and much more.
  • The Educational Technology Branch at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a newly revised and restructured home page. New information has been added: a relevant subset of the NLM's AVLINE database and a Generic Videodisc/CD-ROM Database for the Health Professions providing descriptions of materials that can be repurposed by health professions educators wishing to develop interactive teaching materials. All this and more is found in a new home page providing ready access to Resources, Monographs and descriptions of ongoing Research Projects.
  • The Geometry Sender at Keio University is now opening W3 server. Many 3D object data, including WebOOGL, off, rwx format, tutorial on data formats, and information about external viewers for 3D object on Web are available.
  • John and Janice's Research Page offers pointers to their work in counting the number of K12 schools and K12 users on the Internet. Data from previous counts is also included. Additional data can be sent to
  • A series of "Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War" is now available. These letters are part of a collection written by Newton Scott, Private, Company A, of the 36th Infantry, Iowa Volunteers, from 1862 thru 1865. Scott's letters are filled with rich details of the war and the living conditions in the Union camps in Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, and Arkansas. Not only do they offer a Company Clerk's detailed account of the war, they also provide a glimpse of the personal emotions of a 21-year old farm boy uprooted from family, friends and sweetheart.
  • The UK government is now on the web. Complete with a photo of Big Ben.
  • A Virtual Summer School is being run this month by The Human Cognition Research Laboratory at the UK's Open University. The summer school enables students of Cognitive Pscyhology to participate in group discussions and tutorials via Internet Videoconferencing, and to run experiments, conduct literature searches, undertake statistical analyses, and, of course, socialize and chit-chat, all without leaving their homes. The Human Cognition Research Laboratory undertakes a combination of basic and applied research in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Knowledge Engineering, Cognitive Science, and Human Computer Interaction (particularly program visualization). The long-term goal of this research is to understand the fundamental processes of cognition, and to exploit this understanding where appropriate in the design of complex software systems. Also have a look at the experimental Open University Home Page.



>From the Vice President's office:
Coming to Vice President Al Gore's recently released WebToolKit on November 9: the Vice President's Open Meeting on Reinventing Government on the Internet. Using tools like e-mail and the World Wide Web, this experimental venture will provide federal workers and others the opportunity to discuss implementation of government reform in a new way.

If you have internet email, you will have the opportunity to identify and create such networks during the Vice President's Open Meeting on Reinventing Government. (If you've seen previous publicity for a Town Hall meeting, this is the same event.) This venture will provide federal workers and others the opportunity to discuss implementation of government reform in a new way. We are working to be the best source of information on government reinvention, to be the best means to interact with other reinvention practitioners, and to be a valuable resource for workers to engage in policy discussion and implementation.

We are actively inviting federal workers from all parts of the country and all levels of the workforce, to ensure that a broad range of experience and perspectives will be represented. Interaction in the meeting will focus on issues drawn from NPR's Accompanying Reports on reinventing government, including "Changing Internal Culture," "Improving Customer Service," and "Streamlining Management Control." Participants will exchange their insights on implementing these changes,building a knowledge base of promising practices and brainstorming about next steps. Please register, and pass this notice along to others who might be interested!

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leave the body of the message blank

Or follow along on the Web:

National Information Infrastructure

New documents on the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) gopher:
  • Universal Service Virtual Hearing Information
  • NII Security Issues Forum June Meeting Minutes
  • NII Security Issues Forum August Meeting Minutes
  • Roles and Responsibilities: NII Security Issues Forum


  • Boardwatch Magazine is now on the web. Constant updates plus full-text and multiple graphics.
  • The Internet Conference Calendar is an organized and concise listing of conferences, workshops, exhibitions and seminars related to the Internet.
  • The papers presented at the WWW conference in Chicago two weeks ago are now available in a full-text searchable index. Look in the demonstrations area, in the spider-built index demos.

Weekend Scouting

  • The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters, have a WWW home page featuring music and political satire. Hear selections from recent albums (Lord of the Fries, The Joy of Sax, etc.) plus pre-releases of the latest songs.
  • Visit OKbridge to learn about playing bridge on the Internet. Play duplicate bridge in real time, with real people.
  • SCUBA Diving Web page now available at The University of Nevada Las : SCUBA Information (at UNLV) and links to other SCUBA related Web pages world-wide; the Internet Dive Computer Review lists features and provides reviews for many diving related computers; and the link to Lake Mead National Recreational Area includes camping and fishing regulations, dive spots and conditions.

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