The Scout Report - September 22, 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 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) gopher site at Harvard provides information on the center and its work to classify the economic status of the US economy - Its the "official" organization determining the state of the US economy. The technically inclined will appreciate the improved online access to the recently updated Penn-World Tables, a set of international comparisons of economic indicators. [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

Electronic Mailing Lists

  • NETLIBS: Librarians Training in the Use of the Internet. As librarians take the world hurtling towards the Information Age, there is much need for a forum in which they can come together as a profession to discuss and share the issues and problems involved in Internet training. NETLIBS is just such a forum: this distribution list is to facilitate discussion of issues involved in training library users to use the Internet effectively as an information resource. It is hoped that it will provide a forum in which academic, public and special librarians involved in Internet training may interact via the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of information and materials. Primarily, the list has been set up to provide a regional forum within Queensland, however, wider Australian and overseas participation is encouraged.

    send email to:
    in the body of the message type: subscribe netlibs

  • The National Urban League is sponsoring the Urban Leaders List ( as a place to discuss improving inner-city communities for young people and adults. The National Urban League is on a mission of social and educational development of youth, economic self-sufficiency, and racial inclusion. The leadership of all 114 Urban Leagues will be joining the list as well as our volunteers from corporate America, churches, and universities and others who self-select themselves as leaders. The list will be a center for self-help. People who join will be expected to share information that can help somebody. The list is free and will focus on leadership development and support, systems change, and resource creation and optimization. All are welcome.

    send e-mail to:
    in the body of the message type:
    Subscribe urban leaders yourfirstname yourlastname


  • The List of Free Computer-Related Publications includes hardcopy magazines, newspapers, and journals related to computing which can be subscribed to free of charge. Each entry contains a brief overview of that publication, including its primary focus, typical content, publication frequency, subscription information, as well as an (admittedly) subjective overall rating. Note that some publications have qualifications you must meet in order for the subscription to be free.
  • Apple Worldwide Mobility Solutions recently announced a Web page dedicated to the communications, expandability, multimedia, and cross-platform compatibility features of the newest Apple Macintosh PowerBook computers. In addition to specific product information, the page provides Q & A on mobile communications capabilities, the PC Card as it relates to modems, wireless, and storage devices, and the expansion bay possibilities such as infrared devices.

Weekend Scouting

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.

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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

      Copyright Susan Calcari, 1995.

      Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of the Scout Report provided the copyright notice, this permission notice, and the two paragraphs below are preserved on all copies.

      The InterNIC provides information about the Internet and the resources on the Internet to the US research and education community under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation: NCR-9218742. The Government has certain rights in this material.

      Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, AT&T, or Network Solutions, Inc.