The Scout Report - June 9, 1995

June 9, 1995

A Service to the Internet Community Provided by the InterNIC

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators, the InterNIC's primary audience. However everyone is welcome to subscribe to one of the mailing lists (plain text or HTML) or visit the Web version of the Scout Report on the InterNIC server:

Additional information and detailed access and subscription instructions are included at the end of each Scout Report.

Highlights In This Week's Report:

World Wide Web

  • The Biotech Law home page offers legal and scientific information of interest to researchers in biotechnology/pharmaceutical science. At this time, the site provides basic articles on methods of record keeping for inventors, an explanation of the U.S. legal standard for inventorship and an overview of patent application preparation. The Biotech law home page also includes more advanced articles on intellectual property licensing, parallel importing of patented products, and the effects of electronic publication on U.S. Patent rights. In addition to a "heads up" guide to recently-issued U.S. biotech patents, the home page provides links to additional sources of information on intellectual property protection, as well as links to selected scientific resources on Internet.
  • The Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN) has been a leader in the instructional applications of telecommunications since 1985. Formerly called FrEdMail (Free Educational Mail), GSN originated with a group of teachers who with no budget and minimal support set about creating a powerful and now internationally recognized educational information infrastructure starting at the grass roots level. Today the Global SchoolNet Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is a significant contributor to the philosophy, design, culture, and content of educational networking on the Internet and in the classroom. GSN envisioned and then constructed the concept of the "Global Schoolhouse" where teachers, students, business, government, and the community can learn side-by-side. Our other exciting projects include Where on the Globe is Roger?, Family Tree-Mail: Language Translation, Scientist-on-Tap, Jane Goodall Institute, and CyberStars: Number Ones of Tomorrow.
  • "The Great Adventure", a tour of an exhibition experience in the Children's Museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is a colourful, exuberant celebration of the world's cultural diversity. The Great Adventure whisks visitors to far-flung corners of the world, such as a Japanese home, an architect's studio in Amsterdam, an Egyptian pyramid, and many other locations. Look for the Passport to Adventure at the start the trip: (English) and (French)
  • The Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages provides a single resource for information on Gulf War Syndrome. Included is information on the syndrome and how to obtain benefits; hyperlinked versions of reports and studies of Gulf War syndrome and its possible causes and treatments; information about and newsletters from Gulf War veteran activist organizations; direct links to the Department of Veteran Affairs Home Page and other online resources of interest to veterans, their families and others concerned. The site is fully searchable by keyword. A new feature is "Tracings in the Sand," a section where veterans can share their experiences of their Gulf War service, and how it has affected their lives. Also included are weekly news flashes, such as the following: "Jan Williams of Sen. Rockefeller's office has indicated an interest in how PL 103-446 is being administered. If you are a Persian Gulf veteran and have been turned down for VA disability, please call Jan Williams at 202 224-2074. She is looking for records and the reasons stated on the decision letter."
  • The Internet Sleuth is a collection of over 450 searchable indexes and databases covering a wide variety of subjects. Indexes are organized by topic. For example, under the music category, search the Cyberdog College Radio Database of U.S. college and non-commercial radio stations. Handy for quick keyword searches.
  • The official Peace Corps Web Site is up and running at URL:
  • The Philosophy Web at Valdosta State University' is now up and running, offering among other things it's Virtual Library of electronic texts available on Gopher.
  • Visit the World of Escher, a fascinating educationally based site that explores the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher's unique and often impossible work. From an early age, Escher was fascinated by repetition and infinite patterns. He explored with great enthusiasm the regular division of the plane in his tessellation or symmetry drawings linking math and art. Impossible buildings, spatial illusions, perspective drawings, woodcuts, and lithographs have fascinated young and old for more than half a century. A great teachers' resource. Is there another artist that links math and art like Escher? Bring your students into the magical world of Escher. Enter your own tessellation in the on-line tessellation contest, win prizes, certificates and possibly an entry into our Hall of Fame. Opinions and addition information on Escher are welcome for inclusion in the site.


  • The Advocacy Homepage Web and gopher site is offered by the American Arts Alliance and provides advocacy information and tools for arts supporters to communicate to their congresspersons the need for continued federal support of the arts. Information includes a sample letter, National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) facts and general information designed to advances the arts community's continuing efforts to generate support for the arts through local grassroots contacts with elected officials. Computer users can easily transform the data into a uniquely personal letter to send to their leaders in Washington. The American Arts Alliance is available on the Arts Wire Web and gopher sites.

    gopher to:
    select "Artswire"
    then select "Every Arts Wire Gopher"
    then select "American Arts Alliance"
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

  • Columbia (Missouri) Online Information Network
    gopher to:
  • The National Workforce Assistance Collaborative (NWAC) gopher server and listserv (see below) are sponsored by a U. S. Department of Labor initiative established in 1993 through a cooperative agreement with the National Alliance of Business and its partners. The NWAC gopher provides online access to materials and products produced by NWAC as well as additional instructional and staff training materials, research studies, databases, bibliographies, programs guides, reports, and articles concerning small and mid-sized businesses and the challenges they face.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • The Online, Inc. Gopher contains selections from four magazines including Online, Database, CD-ROM Professional, and MultiMedia Schools. Tables of contents, selected articles, columns, and indexes are available for these Online, Inc. magazines. General information about subscribing to and writing for these magazines is also included. Registration and program information for the Online CD-ROM Conference and Exposition, and other events sponsored by Online, Inc., is also available.
    gopher to:
  • Primate Info Net at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    gopher to:
  • The United States Information Agency has just put its own WWW and gopher sites online to help explain and advocate U.S. policies in terms that are credible and meaningful in foreign cultures, and to bring the benefits of international engagement to American citizens and institutions by helping them build strong long-term relationships with their counterparts overseas. Resources include information about the Fulbright Scholar programs, student exchanges, international broadcasting, press announcements, and a foreign media reaction section. American and overseas scholars seeking short and long-term grants will find it especially useful for learning about opportunities for travel abroad and travel to the U.S.
    gopher to:
  • Utah Education Network gopher server contains information pertaining to Networking the Schools of the State of Utah.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

Electronic Mailing Lists

  • The National Workforce Assistance Collaborative Listserv (NWAC-L) is an electronic forum for discussing issues related to the changing nature of work and the workforce and sharing information about instructional strategies and materials, research and its applications, staff training approaches, evaluation methods. Also addressed is reviewing/critiquing materials produced by the National Workforce Assistance Collaborative (NWAC). Topics include those affecting small and mid-sized businesses in the areas of workplace literacy, employee training, work restructuring, or labor-management relations? Service and information providers such as community colleges, workplace literacy providers, and manufacturing extension centers and programs that work with small and mid-sized businesses are encouraged to participate. The Listserv and Gopher Server (see above) are sponsored by the National Workforce Assistance Collaborative, a U. S. Department of Labor initiative established in 1993 through a cooperative agreement with the National Alliance of Business and its partners. To subscribe to NWAC-L, send an email to
    in the body of the message type:
    subscribe NWAC-L yourfirstname yourlastname.
  • PTHER-L is a forum for the exchange of ideas pertaining to treatment protocols, clinic management, and the general advancement of the field of physical therapy. Practicing physical therapists, students of physical therapy, and those interested in Physical Therapy and related fields are encouraged to subscribe and participate. send mail to:
    in the body of the message type:
    SUBSCRIBE PTHER-L yourfirstname yourlastname
  • The Interactive New Media: Weekly Recap is an executive summary of business and legal news about interactive new media, including coverage of technology, publishing, online, entertainment, telecommunications and more. send mail to
    and include your email address in the message


  • Summer Intern positions are available at the Internet Society's International Secretariat. Qualifications for interns should include experience with common Internet applications to provide support in several possible areas:

    1) Systems maintenance and development
    2) WWW HTML implementations
    3) Statistics research
    4) Research related to Internet Law
    5) Building international on-line reference materials
    6) Building an Internet Museum and Archives
    7) Planning, setting up and testing a training center
    8) Non-profit business planning
    9) Developing foreign language versions of some of our web pages.

    Foreign language skills are a plus. Please indicate your area of interest, Internet skills, language capabilities, and provide a brief resume' to: Jay Whittle,

    Compensation is negotiable. The Society unfortunately cannot support travel or accommodation expenses. Course credit arrangements with a student's educational institution may be possible.

Weekend Scouting

  • The Car Show and Event Listing is "dedicated to all Car Lovers the world over, from the simplicity of the Antique Autos of the past, to pure ground stomping power of the Muscle Cars." See schedules and locations for regularly scheduled car events including rally's, Cruise Night, swap meets and shows.
  • @bat is the title of the Major League Baseball at bat Web page.

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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      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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