The Scout Report - June 30, 1995

June 30, 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:

NOTE: No Scout Report the week ending July 7. The Scout will be off the 'Net and on the water.

World Wide Web

  • California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) is the proposed California ballot initiative which will eliminate government programs commonly known as affirmative action. The Web page offers a view of what CCRI is about and what it hopes to accomplish.
  • "City of Bits" is the MIT Press's first WWW book, "City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn," is about a new type of "city," constructed of interconnected virtual spaces on the network. The online version functions as a companion to its printed counterpart. Reader comments or queries are embedded in the text to become part of an on-going dialogue in which author and reader will interact. ("City of Bits," MIT Press, 1995) [From Edupage 6/22/95]
  • Republican National Committee: The Official Web Site of America's New Republican Majority is the Internet World Wide Web Headquarters for US Republican Party Information. Republican National Committee: The Official Web Site of America's New Republican Majority contains a comprehensive index to information currently available on the Internet regarding Republican Party candidates, incumbents, and organizations at the national, state and local levels. Welcome to Republican Mainstreet! also includes comprehensive indexes on all Republican presidential candidates, mailing lists, newsgroups, online publications, and student associations. [Note: Site title has changed since the original Scout Report review. Site formerly referred to in the Scout Report as "Republican Main Street" and "GOP ONLINE."]
  • "Multiworld" is a multimedia multilingual magazine, published bi-monthly via the World Wide Web. It is devoted to articles describing the world we live in by publishing the experiences of contributors relating to nature, wildlife, culture, people, traveling, and art (including music, painting, photography, and computer art). It focuses on objectivity and strives for stories that will appeal to and interest our readers. Multiworld carries both English and Chinese articles an full- color digitized photos, graphics, and sound to illustrate the magazine articles. The magazine can be viewed by readers with standard web browsers, such as Netscape, Mosaic, Lynx, etc., with or without special software for viewing GB, HZ, and Big5 encoded Chinese text. It is hoped the magazine will help build bridges between readers of the world, particularly in furthering our appreciation of the beauty of nature, increasing our interest in different cultures, and helping us better understand people of various societies. The inaugural issue of Multiworld was published on Thursday, June 15, 1995, and is available at the following web sites. Visit Multiworld at the web site nearest to you. It is free and open to all. (Singapore) (Italy)
  • NRDC Online is an environmental service from the Natural Resources Defense Council with the latest news from the Hill, plus information everyone needs on the state of our air, water, land and health. Initial contents include "State of Nature," a regular bulletin on environmental legislation; action guidelines; and findings on subjects ranging from children and environmental carcinogens to the pollution of U.S. coastal waters. Features in development include action alerts; consumer-oriented facts and FAQs; environmental multimedia clips; research tips; and more. The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national organization working in courtrooms, legislative chambers, regulatory agencies and the public arena to protect the world's natural resources and ensure a healthy environment for all.
  • The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) is an international interdisciplinary coalition of individuals and institutions concerned with the world soundscape as an ecologically balanced entity. WFAE encourages the study of the relationship between living organisms and their sonic environment (soundscape), it is WFAE's main task to draw attention to unhealthy imbalances in this relationship, to improve the acoustic quality of a place wherever possible and to protect and maintain acoustically balanced soundscapes where they still exist. WFAE has recently established four on-line services and we invite anyone interested in acoustic ecology and communication to participate.
    to subscribe to the discussion group, send mail to:
    in the body of the message type: subscribe acoustic-ecology


  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) gopher has been established to provide an on-line information service that promotes public understanding and appreciation of science in human progress.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • The Academy for Educational Development (AED) -- an independent, nonprofit service organization with headquarters in Washington, DC, has established a gopher and Web site to disseminate information about AED's 34 years of experience implementing social and human development projects with institutional clients and partners in the U.S. and around the world, developing sustainable solutions to the problems stemming from illiteracy, overpopulation, malnutrition, poverty, and disease. The gopher contains current project information, technical reports, and newsletters about a wide range of education, training, and other social development initiatives. Experiential and research information on educational, social, and human development for practitioners, planners, and policy maker gopher to:
  • Department of Adult Education and Literacy gopher (DiAL-IN) is the U.S. Department of Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy's (DAEL) information network. The system is DAEL's primary mechanism for communicating electronically with state adult education agencies, state literacy resource centers, and adult education staff development specialists. The system offers news, bulletins, conference areas, electronic mail, data transfer capability and Internet access to users. DiAL-IN also houses databases of use to adult education practitioners, including PRO-NET On-Line, DAEL's professional development network. gopher to:
  • The Eritrea Network (East Africa) gopher offers information about history, books, network resources, and mailing lists about Eritrea and East Africa. gopher to:
    select: Non-Profit Organizations/ Eritrea Network (East Africa)
  • The Internet Employment Network is sponsored by the National Alumni Placement Association. The gopher is updated bi-weekly with professional and entry-level positions in both technical fields and the liberal arts. Alumni & graduating seniors are invited to participate in our Free Resume Referral Service.
  • JOBTRAK is a national database for recruiting college students and alumni for full-time and part-time, professional and non- professional job vacancies. The company has formed partnerships with over 300 college career centers nationwide and is used by over 150,000 employers.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • GAIA Forest Conservation Archives: For the past five years, Glen Barry, the Director of Ecological Enterprises, has been gathering and disseminating information concerning Papua New Guinea's rainforests, biodiversity and the indigenous environmental movement. This was done through Ecological Enterprises' "PNG Rainforest Campaign News" - an internet mailing list distributed to several hundred activists and academics worldwide. As the amount of information on the Internet about efforts by NGO and local peoples to protect rainforests and biodiversity greatly increased another mailing list was started, the "Worldwide Biodiversity/Forest Campaign News." Archives of these rainforest and biodiversity materials have been posted on this gopher along with recent articles, a selection of the best of the articles, government effects on rainforests, and more.
    [Note: Site formerly referred to in the Scout Report as "Papua New Guinea Rainforest Information.", Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • SCIENCE Magazine is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and serves its readers as a forum for the presentation and discussion of important issues related to the advancement of science. The gopher site contains the current issue's table of contents, editorial, "This Week in SCIENCE" column, plus the classified ads and information for contributors.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

Electronic Mailing Lists

  • The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) has established FEDREF-L, the Federal Reference Librarians Discussion List. FEDREF-L is a moderated list for reference librarians in the federal government, although other subscribers are welcome to join. The list is maintained by the FLICC Reference/Public Services Working Group, whose mission is to explore the potential for increased networking and sharing among federal libraries, to exchange information about available services and collections, and to establish guidelines for sharing expertise (e.g., unique data bases, special subject guides).The list provides a forum for discussion of issues affecting the whole range of federal library public services including reference, interlibrary loan, and circulation.

    send mail to
    in the body of the message type:
    subscribe FEDREF-L your-first-name your-last-name
    • PsyNetUSA has been formed to network psychologists in the challenging environment of today's practice. Topics covered by our list include the issues affecting your day-to-day practice. We exchange information about practice management, treatment resources, insurance companies and HMOs, job openings, federal contract RFPs, computer software (clinical & office, and billing), new practice opportunities and sale of practices, legal and liability issues, requests for consultations, referrals, treatment protocols and guidelines, business methods, practice economics, advanced training and certifications, federal and state legislation affecting psychology, issues of various psychological associations, changes and trends in behavioral healthcare delivery structures, special-issue developments and much more in our profession. PsyNetUSA also distributes announcements from the APA Public Policy Office and State Psychological Associations concerning Legislative Action Alerts and other issues, and serves as the linking and feed source for the state-level PsyNet Network mail lists. Suppliers of psychological products post brief announcements of new products. PsyNetUSA also filters postings from other mental-health and healthcare mail lists for re-distribution.
      send mail to:
      in the subject line type: Request for PsyNetUSA Information
      in the body of the message type:
      [yourfirstname yourlastname yourdegree]
      [your professional affiliation]
      [your state or province]

    Weekend Scouting

    • HANDYMAN-HINTS is a moderated mailing list on subjects related to Handyman hints for do-it-yourselfers. One of the contributing editors is Glenn Haege whose radio show, "Ask the Handyman" has been on WXYT-AM in the Detroit market since 1983, and his brand of knowledge and friendly advice has expanded into nineteen markets in the Midwest. Glenn has also authored several books including "Fix It Fast and Easy", "Take the Pain Out of Painting Interiors", and "Take the Pain Out of Painting Exteriors". If you could imagine the perfect owner of a hardware store who stocks everything and has all the information you will ever need about how to fix whatever is broken, Glenn Haege is the man. In the coming months we'll be discussing topics such as: How Your Home Works, Info On New Products, Questions & Answers from Subscribers and other Experts, How To Fix Almost Anything, Workshop Shortcuts, How to Use Tools, Projects That Give You Lots of Impact For Not a Lot of Time or Money, Design Tips from the Pros, How to Choose the Right Contractor for the Job, ...and more.
      send mail to: MAJORDOMO@CEDAR.CIC.NET
      in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE HANDYMAN-HINTS
      To subscribe to the digest version of this list
      in the body of the message type:

    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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    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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