The Scout Report - February 24, 1995

February 24, 1995

A Service to the Internet Community Provided by the InterNIC

The Scout Report is a weekly publication provided by the Info Scout and InterNIC Information Services to provide a sampling of the best of newly announced Internet resources. See the end of each report for additional information and complete access methods through gopher, WWW, and mailing lists for both plain text and HTML versions. Comments and contributions to the Scout Report are encouraged and can be sent to

Highlights In This Week's Report:

Quote of the Week:

"... In fact, last year, personal computers outsold TV sets for the first time, according to the Electronic Industries Association. More than 18 million PCs were sold, with an estimated 40 percent going into homes, according to the market researche firm Link Resources." Dwight Silverman, "Digital Nation", Houston Chronicle Interactive. (See NetBytes below for Web page address.)

World Wide Web

  • The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Web page offers dozens of useful resources for American Indian high school and higher education students. AISES is a private, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. Through its educational programs AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaskan Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic areas. These graduates in technology and business will be able to assist tribal leaders in managing and developing their lands and resources. Visit two local AISES chapters on the Web at MIT and North Carolina State.
  • AT&T - TalkingPower, produced by AT&T Global Public Networks, Columbus, Ohio. If you have any interest at all in how your telephone service works, check out AT&T's server, TalkingPower. There's a clickable map that lets you explore the phone system at all levels through text and graphics. You can even try out, online, an AT&T course that uses animations, videos, and audio.
    [Note: When last checked by the Internet Scout team, this site URL was no longer available.]
  • The Division of Mammals at the Kansas University Natural History Museum has one of the largest research collections of mammals in the world. If you want to know more about principles and practices of natural history collection management, check it out. A list of type specimens is available, as are links to other sites of biological interest.
  • The Historically Black Colleges & Universities on the Web have been gathered together on one home page for easy access.
  • The Men's Issues Page, produced by Father's Rights and Equality Exchange - F.R.E.E. (tm) of Palo Alto, California, is a FAQ (frequently asked questions) site for men's issues. Particular emphasis is placed on single fathers (divorce, custody, alimony, child support) husband battering, false accusations (of rape, abuse, molestation). This comprehensive resource also includes large annotated bibliographies, lists of men's organizations, digest of statistics.
  • News of Ireland is a weekly digest of news and sports from Ireland, and includes a current listing of What's Hot in entertainment in Ireland.
  • The NISS Information Gateway is produced by the National Information Services and Systems, Univ. of Bath, Avon, UK and provides information services for the UK higher education community. The NISS Information Gateway has amalgamated its various services into a single, graphical, user-friendly service. An ever-increasing range of academic and related information is available-- subject disciplines, datasets, research news, library OPACs and more.
  • The Online Writery at the University of Missouri, Columbia, is a student-oriented writing and learning environment that includes both communication and information resources: e-mail, access to two MOOs , writing resources, teaching resources, and paperless papers. It is a place to write and read and talk, a place to learn stuff. It is a resource you can use whether you are writing for a class or not. These pages are made of the stuff writers (of any kind) need: information about writing, and opportunities to talk with other writers.
  • The Tulane Tropical Medicine Web Page atTulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans, Louisiana includes current scientific global research projects, US and international academic degree programs, malaria research activities in epidemiology, chloroquine drug resistance, and severe disease. Also available: faculty info and contact points and links to health-related sites.


  • NACSIS (National Center for Science Information Systems, Japan)
    gopher to:
  • Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art: NMAA-Ryder is the Internet server maintained by the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, to provide public access to museum research and educational materials including the museum's calendar of events, hours, and exhibitions. The server also contains images and mutlimedia software. Images are accessible by category, artist, and title. Users principally interested in multimedia are provided access to image viewing software and interactives that can be downloaded. The museum shop is also online and with various museum products such as publications, curriculum packets, gifts, and subscriptions. [This site was included last week with an incorrect gopher address.]
    gopher to:
  • The CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse (NAC), an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the creation of a new gopher dedicated to the work of NAC and making its information available to a wide audience. Comprehensive information on all aspects of AIDS is available.
    gopher to:
    [Note: Orginally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher may no longer be current.]
  • A collection of education information related to Kansas and of general interest has been collected on to a gopher server, including the quarterly published newsletter The Critical Teacher; Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) probes in Math, spelling and reading (in .pdf format); Acrobat pdf files of documents (regulations, publications, school reform information) from the Kansas State Department of Education; Special education information including copies of grants and other materials related to staff development; Developmental Disabilities Council (DD councils) information exchange folder including the Kansas State Plan for Developmental Disabilities. Mailing lists for Kansas Schools.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Gopher Server offers a wide selection of information about or published by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, a multicampus research unit of all nine UC campuses plus the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories. It includes interntational relations, environmental, security, and economics studies in the Middle East, Asian- Pacific region, and Latin America.
    gopher to:
    [Note: Orginally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher may no longer be current.]
  • Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN)
    gopher to:
  • The Occupational Safety & Health Gopher allows full-text searching of OSHA standards and interpretations of standards.
    gopher to:


  • Demystifying The Internet at theUniversity of Delaware, Newark, DE, was developed to introduce Delaware students to the myriad Internet tools. Other instructors have borrowed it and adapted it to their students' needs. It explains what the tools are, their uses and benefits, and it gives tutorials for hands-on use.
  • Houston Chronicle Interactive, Houston, Texas, is the electronic media division of Houston's largest daily newspaper and is now offering offering Digital Nation, a series about online culture, on their Web page.The five stories, which ran Feb. 5-8, 1995, in the Chronicle, were written by technology reporter and computer columnist Dwight Silverman.

National Information Infrastructure

New documents on the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) gopher:
  1. IITF Factsheet and Contact List (Revised 02/07/95)
  2. IITF February Report (02/13/95)
  3. Upcoming IITF Public Events (New 02/21/95)
  4. List of Major Conferences (New 02-16-95)
  5. 01/10/95 Tech Policy Working Group Meeting Minutes (New 02-16-95)
  6. GII: Agenda for Cooperation (New 02/15/95)
  7. GII: Agenda for Cooperation (HTML version) (New 02/15/95)
  8. NTIA Announces Availabilty of FY95 NII Grants (New 02/13/95)
gopher to:
select: Hot Off the Press

Weekend Scouting

  • Musi-Cal is a free, Internet-accessible, music events calendar. Musi-Cal lists the dates and locations of upcoming concerts, festivals, and other musical events around the world, and allows promoters, record labels, venues, and even fans to submit tour and other event itineraries. Musi-Cal uniquely emphasizes data quality over a glossy appearance and is never out of date. Full access to all entries via the Web or email.
    Email: [No subject or message body is needed.]
  • The Inline Club of Boston, Massachusettes (ICB) is an organization of inline skaters (aka rollerbladers) dedicated to promoting safe and responsible inline skating in Boston, its surrounding communities and throughout New England. The Web page offers general information about inline skating, including the ICB newsletter and links to other skating sites.
  • The Mazda Miata Home Page, produced by Gary J. Fischman of Menlo Park, California offers tons of information about the Mazda MX-5 Miata -- the '90s re-creation of a classic roadster from the '60s. Its popularity has attained cult-like status worldwide. The Miata page provides information on the car, archives of the listserver devoted to it, information on local and regional events and clubs, and a marketplace for aftermarket products and services.

About the Scout Report

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offered by the InterNIC to the Internet community as a fast, convenient way to stay informed about network activities. Its purpose is to combine in one place selected new (and newly-discovered) Internet resources.

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.

The Scout Report is provided in multiple formats -- mailing lists for both a plain text and HTML version; gopher; and World Wide Web. The gopher and World Wide Web versions of the Report include links to all listed resources. The report is released every weekend.

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-- Susan Calcari
InterNIC Info Scout

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      Resource Addressing Conventions

      After each resource in the Scout Report one or more network addresses are listed. Every attempt is made to use the same convention in each listing for the network address of each resource. It is assumed that users recognize the type of address and know how to use it. However, for those users unfamiliar with the Internet we provide here the order in which addresses are listed (by network tool) and instructions for accessing additional information in the InterNIC InfoGuide about each network tool. A brief explanation of one tool, WWW is included below.

      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 using multiple network tools. The network tool addresses are always listed in the same order after each resource:

      • World Wide Web (WWW)
      • Gopher
      • FTP
      • Email
      • Telnet
      • WAIS
      A WWW address is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and always begins with a string of characters followed by a colon and two forward slashes. For example:

      To access the resource through the WWW you can use a WWW browser installed on your desktop computer, or a "command-line" WWW client on your local Internet host computer. Web browsers are available for all major computer platforms, including Macintosh, PC, and UNIX. Check with your local support center or your Internet Service Provider for more information about Web browsers installed on the Internet host computer or for your desktop computer.

      Copyright Susan Calcari, 1995.

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