The Scout Report - November 10,1995

November 10,1995

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:

  • Franklin College is an American four year liberal arts college located in Lugano, Switzerland. It is accredited by the Middle States Association and offers programs in international relations, international management, international economics, modern languages, history and literature as well as visual and communication arts. Regular admission as well as study abroad are options at this very international college with over 50 nationalities represented in its student body. Franklin offers the distinctive alternative of an American education in the center of Europe.
  • Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government offers access to the best national and international resources for reporters at the News Office's home page. In addition to faculty sources, events, research and publications, the News page links to the Online Political Information Network (OPIN) a well-developed set of links to most major sources of government and political information available on the Internet. [Click on Political/Govt Information.]
  • A discussion of "Intellectual Property Rights in the Electronic Age" with Patent and Trademarks Office Commissioner Bruce Lehman is in progress on the Law Journal Extra Web site. A "panel of legal experts" joins Commissioner Lehman in a question-and-answer session on intellectual rights and on the Clinton Administration's White Paper on protecting intellectual property.
  • The U.S. General Accounting Office, (GAO) the Congressional Watchdog agency, now has a Web page providing information on how to search and retrieve the full text of GAO reports, subscribe to a mailing list, and access other GAO information.
    For instructions on accessing GAO information via email send mail to
  • The Web page of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a project of the National Institutes of Health, provides information about their programs and how to access their research resources. It also includes several on-line directories to readily identify the array of research resource facilities, biomaterials, and models available to biomedical investigators across the country. In addition, it provides links to the homepages of many NCRR supported resources, which in turn, lead to other sources of valuable information relevant to the biomedical research community.
  • U.S. News Online offers their weekly news magazine, as well as daily newsupdates, photo essays, sound bites, and special features. Sections include: News Watch, Washington Connection, Town Hall, News You Can Use, College Fair and the Current Issue. Special features include Election '96, with election stories, photos, background information, and links to candidates' web sites. People Power offers citizens a complete reference for finding their congressional representatives, researching their financing histories, biographical information, and ratings by special interest groups. The interactive game Mind Junket offers winners the chance to see Clinton morph into Newt Gingrich. The Clock Page lets visitors keep track of the national debt, world population,and more.


  • The United States Information Agency's daily news and information service prepares official texts, policy statements and interpretive material, features, and byline articles for transmission to United States Information Service (USIS) offices in 211 locations around the world for distribution to government officials, media, academics and other interested persons. Select "Current Issues and Events" for current news organized by geographic region or topic. Many of these items are translated by USIA into French, Spanish, and now Russian. The "Latest Items in English" section under Current Issues contains all USIS news items produced in the preceding 48 hours, regardless of topic or geographic focus.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]

Electronic Mailing Lists

  • C-PSYCH is a forum for all individuals interested in cross-cultural psychology and is particularly designed to discuss generic issues within its intertwining disciplines, such as developmental, cognitive, personality, social psychology, and (both quantitative and qualitative) methodology. Discussions in related fields are welcome.

    in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE C-PSYCH yourfirstname yourlastname

  • The SCHOOLS-ADMIN-L list for discussing school management and administration. Contributors are welcomed from anywhere in the world. The topics discussed will depend entirely on the users, e.g.: general discussion, queries and requests for help or information; dealings with Central Office; computers and software packages for school administration and classroom management; reporting to parents; training and staff development; timetabling and attendance recording; work experience administration; spreadsheets and databases in the school office; and student transport. The school-admin-l list is bi-directionally gatewayed with the local news group ""

    send mail to: MAILSERV@ECC.TASED.EDU.AU
    in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE SCHOOL-ADMIN-L yourfirstname yourlastname


  • ADV-HTML is a open forum for the discussion of the latest and most complex Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) tags. This list is designed for experienced Webmasters, SysOps, Internet Trainers, and advanced Web page authors. Since ADV-HTML is an *advanced* list, it is assumed that the ADV-HTML subscribers already have extensive knowledge of, and experience with, basic HTML tags. If you do not already know how to create your own World Wide Web homepage using Hypertext Markup Language, it is strongly recommended that you not subscribe to ADV-HTML. Instead, you should point your World Wide Web browser to the "Beginner's Guide to HTML" at

    To join ADV-HTML, send mail to: LISTSERV@UA1VM.UA.EDU
    in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE ADV-HTML yourfirstname yourlastname

  • Detailed analysis of the telecommunications bills currently in congress, [the Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1995 in the Senate (S. 652) and the Communications Act of 1995 in the House (H.R. 1555)] and their potential effect on the Internet is available at several Web sites:
    Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), has released a "plain English" analysis of upcoming telecommunication regulations and their potential impact on the contents, use, and growth of the Internet.
    The Center for Media Education
    The Benton Foundation
    Ralph Nader and the Consumer Project on Technology
    Two opposing viewpoints from Regional Bell Operating Companies and LDDS WorldCom, a long-distance telephone company:
    * LDDS viewpoint.
    The Clinton administration has placed statements on the bill at:
    * [Note: When last checked by the Internet Scout team, these site URLs were no longer available.]

Weekend Scouting

  • Roadside Attractions: The discussions on the ROADSIDE list will concern great cheezy tourist attractions across the U.S. The list will focus on those that are still in operation but would love to hear tales, too, of gone-but-not-forgotten ones. If you love old-fashioned roadside attractions, if you'd rather visit an alligator ranch than Epcot Center, if you'd drive out of your way to dine in a restaurant shaped like a coffeepot, if you'd opt for Route 66 over I-40 in a heartbeat, this list is for you. General reminiscences, related anecdotes and such will of course be welcomed. This list will not be moderated, so you'll be your own editor. Just try not to stray too far off-topic. It is the intention of the list owner to eventually create, and make accessible via the Internet, a database of roadside attractions around the USA.

    send email to:
    in the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE ROADSIDE your full name

  • The Photographic Society of America is the premiere organization of its kind in the world dedicated to the advancement of the art of photography. Most of its membership are amateur photographers from all walks of life but there are also a considerable number of members who are professional photographers. Announcements about upcoming events sponsored by the Society are posted on this page. Informational documents and other forms are available on this page for those who are interested in the Society and about what services are available for members.

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

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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 your desktop computer.

      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.