Scout Report: Week ending November 4, 1994

November 4, 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:

  • CNIDR & Patent and Trademark Office provide the first AIDS patent library accessible through the Internet.
  • Harvest -- the next step in information discovery, from the folks who brought us Netfind.
  • National Infrastructure for Education grant program announced.
  • What's good on the tube tonight? Find it in your email each morning.

World Wide Web

  • The nation's first Internet-accessible AIDS patent library allows instantaneous search through hundreds of AIDS-related patents. Linkages among patents enable automatic cross-references - a process that takes place behind the scenes. In addition, the system automatically generates a paper trail noting the various patents retrieved and reviewed providing researchers not only text-based access to patent information but also high-resolution images complete with drawings, equations and diagrams of the full patents as issued by the PTO. The system also fully integrates other significant patent resources such as U.S. Patent Classifications.
  • The prototype AIDS patent library is a system designed by MCNC's Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (CNIDR) for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and will serve as a model for storing and disseminating government and other public documents in the future. The system uses CNIDR-developed information retrieval software and supports direct access to patents through a variety of popular network information services such as Z39.50, World Wide Web and electronic mail. Because anticipated demand will severely tax available resources at MCNC, the files will be relocated soon to an InterNIC network fileserver at the AT&T offices in New Jersey.

    Email: send mail to
    in the body of the text type the word: help

  • The ARTSEDGE worldwide web pages and the Arts Information Gallery gopher are provided by the John F. Kennedy Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. The web pages are filled with information, including a newsletter about the Arts in K-12 education, Goals 2000 information, links to art and education related resources, stories about teachers who are using the web in the classroom -- and a link to the Information Gallery. The Information Gallery is a collection of information resources about Goals 2000, meetings and conferences, professional development opportunities, media resources, research and more.

    gopher to:
    choose: artsedge information gallery (#6)
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

  • Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Information Network, or InfoNet, is a campus-wide information service providing access to information from and about the medical institutions. Sections include training, research, information for patients, and information for health care providers.
  • The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to announce the WWW availability of Information About Arthritis as well as information about the Arthritis Foundation's programs and services. Topics include an extensive set of frequently asked questions about arthritis, ordering information for free literature about various arthritis-related topics, as well as pointers to other internet resources.
  • AT&T has developed a WWW 800 number directory that can be browsed by name or category. Find a florist in literally any state in the union, among many, many other things. The directory is also searchable via a Harvest demonstration.
  • The Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), which is published both electronically and in print, has commenced publishing articles formatted in HTML. The first is a re-release of a 1993 JAIR article, Software Agents: Completing Patterns and Constructing User Interfaces. The article is accompanied by an online appendix containing a QuickTime demo. It is an excellent example of what is possible with electronic publications.
  • Medical Matrix is a new Web resource that offers a database of Internet clinical medicine resources. Medical Matrix categorizes resources by disease, specialty, and other interest areas. It is designed as a "home page" for a physician's or healthworker's computer. Medical Matrix is a project of the Internet Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association.


National Information Infrastructure

  • As part of an expanding effort to encourage innovation and leverage the power of computer and networking technology to support science and mathematics education reform, the National Science Foundation's Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and for Education and Human Resources (EHR) issue the second solicitation of a joint Program on Networking Infrastructure for Education (NIE). In addition, information on three related areas of networking applications are included: electronic libraries, Native American Telecommunications and programs with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools.

    The NIE Program aims to hasten the development of a widespread high performance electronic communications infrastructure in support of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) education reform, and to help lay a foundation on which strategies for the appropriate use of technology in support of increased student achievement can be developed. NIE's goal is to build synergy between technology and education researchers, developers and implementers so they can explore networking costs and benefits, test self-sustaining strategies, and develop a flexible educational networking infrastructure that will be instrumental in the dissemination, integration and application of technologies to speed the pace of educational innovation and reform.

    NIE seeks proposals in the areas of (a) policy studies, (b) research and development in support of NIE goals, (c) demonstrations and model sites, and (d) infrastructure and testbeds. These are not formal categories, but guides to types of projects and associated funding levels.

    For a copy of the complete announcement released by NSF, send mail to
    in the body of the message type:

    send /faq/nie
    For general information, contact the NIE:
    Phone: (703) 306-1651


  • Harvest -- a new network information discovery and retrieval system form the folks at UC Boulder who brought us Netfind -- is an integrated set of tools to gather, extract, organize, search, cache, and replicate relevant information across the Internet. With modest effort users can tailor Harvest to digest information in many different formats, and offer custom search services on the Internet. Moreover, Harvest makes very efficient use of network traffic, remote servers, and disk space.

    A number of content indexes have been built with Harvest and are available for general use to illustrate the capabilities of Harvest, including an index of AT&T's 1-800 phone numbers, an index of WWW home pages, and an index of over 24,000 Computer Science technical reports from around the world. Harvest has been in beta-testing for four months, and as of November 7 the software is available on the Internet. You can get to demonstrations, papers, software and documentation at

  • The Internet Conference Calendar is an organized and concise listing of conferences, workshops, exhibitions and seminars related to the Internet. Sections include what's new, calls for papers, and a geographic listing.

Weekend Scouting

  • "tv2nite" is a daily guide to America's favorite pastime -- watching prime time network and cable television. "tv2nite" has been designed for those of us who don't get complete cable listings in their newspaper (or don't get a newspaper), and/or don't want to shell out $40 a year for TV Guide. It's also for people who just like the idea of having their evening's entertainment choices pop up on their computer screen every day when they log in. Every morning, you'll get a new e-mail which summarizes the evening's best viewing, followed by a complete programming guide for all major broadcast and cable networks. This will include cable stations that many major newspapers don't have the space to list, such as Comedy Central, the Science Fiction channel, MTV, etc. We'll also let you know who's scheduled to appear on the evening's late night talk shows. (Local programming listings are not included.)

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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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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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