The Scout Report - September 8, 1995

September 8, 1995

A Service to the Internet Community
Provided by the Info Scout and 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 Atlas to the World Wide Web contains information on the history and growth of the Web, getting access to the Web, different browsers, basic HTML, and reviews of over 800 different Web sites.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
  • BABEL: A Glossary of Computer Oriented Abbreviations and Acronyms is now available on the Web making this good reference work readily available on your hotlist. The glossary is revised three times a January, May and September so as to stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing notations used in the computer world. And it has older entries used before 1965, some having historical information noted.
    ftp to:
    path: pub/info/help-net/babel95c.txt
    • The Fourth World Conference On Women (4-15 September, Beijing, China) Web page offers general news, late breaking news, background information and more, updated daily. In French and English. Also available via gopher.
      gopher to:
      select: WomansNet
    • The International Weather Watchers (IWW) is a non-profit organization founded in September of 1993 for weather enthusiasts, both amateur and professional. From the Web page you can write for a free complimentary copy of their publication, the "Weather Watcher Review." The home page has information about the IWW, a membership application, weather observer station registration, data reporting page, and information about the upcoming annual meeting on October 12-14, 1995 in Silver Spring, Maryland. This year's meeting is sponsored by cable TV's The Weather Channel.
    • SHARP Web is a collection of resources for scholars and students of the history of print culture in any place, language, or period. Affiliated with the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP), SHARP Web offers guides to publishers' archives, syllabi for courses in book history, bibliographies, links to exhibits and special collections, and up-to-date notices and calls for papers. Whether you're studying American colonial newspapers or illuminated manuscripts, children's literature or the transmission of ancient texts, SHARP Web is a good place to connect with the international community of book historians.
    • The Internet Classics Archive has recently been extensively updated and more than doubled in size. This premier classical literature resource now offers 375 works by 30 classical authors, in English translation. The complete body of work is attractively and logically formatted for easy and swift browsing. It is supported by a newly improved search engine. The Tech Classics Archive is a non-commercial, student-created World-Wide Web site that will be one year old in October.
      [Note: Site title has changed since the original Scout Report review. Site formerly referred to in the Scout Report as "Tech Classics Archive."]
    • The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (ICRC) has just opened its World Wide Web site providing information on a wide range of issues related to conflict and conflict victims as well as the role, activities, concerns and opinions of the ICRC. The information is in the form of press releases, fact sheets, in-depth articles, illustrated brochures, position papers, etc. The Federation's main responsibility is to coordinate international relief among Red Cross Societies around the world in case of natural disasters.
      The American Red Cross is also on the Web.


    • The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium was established in fall 1991 in an effort to bring together the varied competencies of the University of Minnesota and the vital resources of Minnesota's communities to enhance the ability of individuals and organizations to address critical health, education, and social policy concerns in ways that improve the well-being of Minnesota children, youth, and families. [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
    • WestEd: Technology In Education maintains this gopher to disseminate educational information. They offer an array of services & resources to assist educators, educational agencies, policy makers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational technology.
      [Note: Site formerly known as "Education Technology Laboratory at Far West Laboratory"; Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
    • KIDLINK: Global Networking For Youth 10-15 KIDS-96 (sm) is a grassroots project aimed at getting as many children in the age group 10-15 as possible involved in a GLOBAL dialog. KIDLINK (sm) is the name of the organization that runs the yearly KIDS-nn projects. The KIDS-96 project will run from May 7, 1995, until May, 1996. Then the KIDS-97 project will start. Since the start in 1990, over 40,000 kids from 72 countries on all continents have participated in our activities. The KIDLINK Gopher provides information about this activity.
      gopher to:
    • The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the World Health Organization's regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. The PAHO Gopher offers a wealth of information specific to health in the 37 member nations of PAHO. Currently, the gopher contains data files on PAHO publications, news and press releases, emergency preparedness and disaster relief, and human resources development, as well as pointers to a variety of health resources.
      [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

    Electronic Mailing Lists

    • The list ISSEI-L is meant for the exchange of information concerning the Fifth Conference of the International Society of the Study of European Ideas: Memory, History and Critique: European Identity at the Millennium. The conference is being organised by the University for Humanist Studies and will take place from 19 to 24 August 1996 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Chairs of the conference are professor Ezra Talmor (ISSEI and Haifa University) and professor Harry Kunneman (University for Humanist Studies).
      send mail to: LISTSERV@NIC.SURFNET.NL
      in the body of the message type:
      SUBSCRIBE ISSEI-L yourfistname yourlastname
      • Internet for Christians (ifc) is a new, biweekly, one-way mailing list for everyone interested in the latest news about Christian activity on Internet and the commercial online services. The mailing list distributes information about important new Christian WWW pages and mailing lists. Mailings are excerpted from the new Internet for Christians Web pages which include hypertext links to all listed sites.
        send email to:
        in the body of the message type: subscribe youremailaddress
        • The goal of the Soldier Information Highway Program is "Internet Access and Literacy for All Soldiers."
          send e-mail to:
          in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE SIHD your name


        Weekend Scouting

        • The SpeedNet World Wide Web site is a service of the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News to provide complete auto-racing coverage on the Internet including racing news and a Fan's Guide to Indy.

        • The Wine Page offers a comprehensive collection of information related to the World of Wine. The goal is "to provide maximum content while still keeping a folksy attitude and a gentle sense of humor.

        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, and World Wide Web. The World Wide Web version of the Report includes links to all listed resources. The report is released every weekend.

        In addition to the plain text version, the Scout Report is distributed in HTML format allowing sites to post the Scout Report on local WorldWideWeb servers each week. The result is faster access for local users. You are welcome and encouraged to re-post and re-distribute the report. Note that copyright statements appear on all versions of the Scout Report, and we ask that these be included when re-posting or re-distributing.

        If you haven't yet subscribed or told your friends and colleagues, now is the time. Spread the news by word-of-net. Join 20,000 of your colleagues already using the Scout Report as a painless tool for tracking what's new on the 'Net!

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        -- Susan Calcari
        InterNIC Info Scout

        Scout Report Access Methods

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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.) 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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