Scout Report: Week ending November 18, 1994

November 18, 1994

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Highlights In This Week's Report:

  • The Magellan Mission to Venus Home Page
  • The IRS and the CIA are now on the Web for your viewing pleasure
  • PAVNET Online, the Partnerships Against Violence Network
  • What's new with the "What's New" page?
  • Another feature movie site -- Buena Vista, a division of Disney

World Wide Web

  • The CIA has a server available which includes general information about the Agency and the Intelligence Community and the 1994 World Factbook and Factbook on Intelligence. Visit the CIA.
  • Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides now offers 11 new subject-oriented Internet resource created by student specialists at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Library Studies. Similar to last year, students have identified and evaluated Internet information resources, and organized them in topical guides in ASCII format. These ASCII guides are now available via the Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides. Unlike last year, these guides will also be published in HTML format for World Wide Web in December. Watch this space for details when they are announced.
  • ICE: Internet Connections for Engineering is a Web site sponsored by the Cornell University Engineering Library.
  • A Web page for feminists who are political activists has been established. Because great pages for women's studies and women in general already exist, this page concentrates on links to Internet resources of interest to activists, such as Communicating with other Feminists, Current Feminist Issues: News and Resources, Women's Organizations, Feminist Resources General Resources for Political Activists, TAKE ACTION: Suggestion for current feminist action.
  • The IRS has a Web server offering some tax forms, an FAQ (21 questions answered) where to file, and where to get help.
  • The Magellan Mission to Venus Home is now available at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. The Magellan mission ended with a dramatic plunge into the atmosphere of Venus, the first time an operating spacecraft has ever been intentionally crashed into a planet. On October 11, 1994, Magellan's thrusters were fired in four sequences to lower its orbit into the atmosphere of Venus for its final experiment -- to gather data on Venus' high atmosphere. Within two days after these maneuvers, the spacecraft became caught in the atmosphere and plunged to the surface. Although most of Magellan will be vaporized during the fiery descent, some sections of the spacecraft will probably hit the planet's surface. The latest updates on Magellan's status -- as well as a comprehensive gallery of images and information from the five-year mission -- are available on the home page.
  • The Rockefeller University is pleased to announce the opening of its WWW server. Details about the University, one of the premier biological and medical research facility in the world, are available, as are the Archives of the Rockefeller Family.
  • The U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Web Page links to sources of safety and health information and organizations. OSHA is looking for suggestions on information the public would like to see in an OSHA Web page. Currently under consideration are topics such as press releases, Contact Information Standards On-Line, Inspection Data. If you have questions, please send E-Mail to


  • Biodiversity Gopher at University of Washington
  • BioMolecular Engineering Research Center
  • Brookhaven National Labs Protein Data Bank (PDB)
  • CIESIN: Center for International Earth Science Information Network: The Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN, pronounced "season") was established in 1989 as a private, nonprofit membership corporation with members from leading universities and non-government research organizations. The corporation was formed to respond to the creation of the CIESIN initiative by the United States Congress (P.L.J101-144), and is dedicated to furthering the interdisciplinary study of global environmental change. It is agency-neutral, specializing in the access and integration of physical, natural, and socioeconomic information across agency missions and scientific disciplines. gopher:// [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher may no longer be current/available.]
    [Note: Site title has changed since the original Scout Report review. Site formerly referred to in the Scout Report as "CIESIN Information Gateway."]
  • Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida
  • New York State Governor's Gopher
  • Ohio State University Atmospheric Science Program
  • PAVNET Online, the Partnerships Against Violence Network gopher, is a "virtual library" of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different federal agencies. It is a "one-stop" information resource to help reduce redundancy in information management and provide clear and comprehensive access to information for states and local communities. Pavnet is an interagency (USDA, Justice, Education, Labor, HHS, HUD, Defense) electronic resource on the internet created to provide information about effective violence prevention initiatives. 533 programs that deal with the issues of community, youth, and family violence, substance abuse, and victims rights are listed on PAVNET Online. Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment/Rehabilitation sub-categories hold program descriptions and contact sources. 126 files in the Foundation and Federal Funding Sources directory describe application guidelines and the purpose of these funding organizations. 332 files in the Technical Assistance and Curriculums directory include organizations that offer consultation or training, and curricula to use in existing or proposed programs. Gopher links to federal clearinghouse and private sector databases point to other resources for violence prevention information.
  • University of Texas Austin, Institute for Geophysics


  • To subscribe to the Filmmakers mailing list,, send email to: in the body of the message type: subscribe filmmakers
  • The Rural Health Care Email Discussion List, RURALNET-L, is sponsored by the Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. Students, faculty, practitioners and other interested persons in all heal Institute for Child Health Policy, th care fields are welcome to participate. This forum will focus on discussions of delivery, improvement, technology deployment, education and outcomes-based research in rural health care.

    To subscribe, send email to: in the body of the message type: SUB RURALNET-L your-name-here

    Additional rural health resources offered by the same institution are available on Marshall's gopher and WWW servers.

National Information Infrastructure

  • The IEEE Technical Committee on Gigabit Networks LISTSERV is being sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh following discussions at the 6/94 IEEE INFOCOM Conference in Toronto. This list is meant to facilitate technical discussions on gigabit networking. Questions/comments can be directed to

    To subscribe, send email to: in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE GIGA your-name-here

  • CPSR-GLOBAL is a moderated Listserv for uniting people all over the world who want to talk about:
    • decisions the USA will make on the information infrastructure, or NII, that will affect the rest of the world--we want the NII to be a positive force for a GII (global information infrastructure)
    • issues of national identity, "cultural pollution," and international communication and the GII
    • the new emerging GII world culture
    • international issues of security and privacy and computer law
    • international issues of computer development (keyboards, safety)
    • issues of design
    • language
    • And whatever other global issues you want to discuss
    Right now the list will be predominately in English, because it's the lingua franca of the Net. It is a MODERATED list. That means any posts which are not "on topic" or inflammatory will be filtered out.

    To subscribe send email to: in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE CPSR-GLOBAL yourfirstname yourlastname


  • What's new with the " What's New" page? O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. is now working in cooperation with NCSA, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, to support the NCSA What's New Page. It is now updated three times a week and has an improved format, which makes it easier read. Submission numbers have steadily increased, and currently run about 200 per week, so submitters are asked to be patient if your entry does not show up immediately. The time between when you submit an entry and when it is published is approximately ten days to two weeks. The What's New Page has a link to O'Reilly and to a new sponsoring organization each week.
    [Note: Resource may no longer be current. Archive information available at the above URL.]

Weekend Scouting

  • Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, a division of the Walt Disney Company, is proud to announce The Buena Vista Pictures Web--a source for information and previews of movies from Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. The Movie Plex is a very graphical environment providing movie trailers in QuickTIme format as well as a trivia game and movie gossip. The Press Room offers the same QuickTime clips and more, JPEG stills and the Press Kits for the movies. They also have a page for pointers to QuickTime Players for UNIX, Macintosh and Windows.
  • The Southland Ski Server, specializing in the Southern California ski resorts, plus Mammoth and June, now has interactive submit/browse functionality. You can stop by and submit your own ski reports plus follow links to resorts in other areas. The webmaster for this site says he is planning on making the underlying Perl code available via public-domain anonymous ftp to anybody who wishes to start a similar ski report server for their own local region.

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