The Scout Report - December 1, 1995

The Scout Report

December 1, 1995

A Publication of Internet Scout
Provided by the InterNIC as a Service to the Internet Community

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. Subscription instructions are included at the end of each report.

**NOTE** The December 1 issue of the Scout Report marks the move to an updated and simplified format. Additional sections are being contemplated. Tell us what you think at

In This Issue:

Research and Education


Network Tools

Research & Education

Civil War Letters - previously unpublished
The Civil War Letters Web site at Colgate University's Case Library demonstrates the potential the Internet offers for archival access. A soldier's 48 letters, previously unpublished, have been inventoried, cataloged, transcribed, and are now accessible through the World Wide Web. Galutia York was the 19-year old son of a farm family from Hubbardsville in Madison County, New York. He enlisted in the 114th NYSV in August of 1862 and served until May of 1863 when he died in Louisiana. Additional illustrations of local interest are being added as well as illustrations of some of the sights Galutia saw and wrote home about.
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The European Union
The University of California-Berkeley Library's Government and Social Science Information Service (GSSI) has developed two Web sites relating to European Union (EU) information. The first is "European Union Internet Resources" and provides a list of EU servers including those related to Information and R & D Activities, an EU FAQ and other University EU links. The second site is a GSSI Research Guide on The European Union, a bibliography of over 35 information sources held by GSSI. It includes resources on directories, current information, statistics, indexes, bibliographies, legislation, and subject reports. While there are no hypertext links to most of these resources, the guide is still an excellent starting point for EU information.
GSSI EU Internet resources:
GSSI Research Guide:
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naea-emig - a mailing list for art educators
The naea-emig mailing list, for elementary through higher education art instructors, is an open and unmoderated list of the Electronic Media Interest Group, an affiliate of the National Art Education Association (USA). Discussion topics include digital aesthetics, curriculum, hardware, and software issues related to digital imaging instruction. Subscribers to the list do not have to be members of the National Art Education Association, though they are urged to join.
Send e-mail
In the body of the message type:
subscribe naea-emig your e-mail address
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Science and the Environment magazine
"Science and the Environment" is a bi-monthly magazine that specializes in providing world news summaries on environmental issues. Designed for high school and university teachers and students, stories are written in a concise format which includes photos and graphics. The publication results from the monthly analysis of 500 magazines, specialized journals, and newspapers carrying environment related articles. Each issue includes detailed summaries of 80 articles under 10 headings, including Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation, Health, Population, Agriculture, Clean Air, and Waste Management and Recycling. All stories are available for photocopying and distributing in the classroom. The site is provided by Voyage Publishing.
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Kathy Schrock's guide for Educators
Kathy Schrock's guide for Educators is a list of over 640 pointers in 18 subject categories and was compiled by a Massachusetts middle school library media specialist with the goal of enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth. It is updated regularly. The page has the look and feel of a middle school page, and has a selective group of links in each of its subject areas.
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Internet-on-a-Disk - public-domain electronic texts
Internet-on-a-Disk is a monthly newsletter of public domain and freely available electronic texts. It points to a variety of sites that maintain archives of electronic texts, as well as other Internet sites of value to educators. A recent issue noted over thirty new texts at the Gutenberg Project (including works by Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Steven Vincent Benet) and a translation of Spinoza's Ethics among others. Internet-on-a-Disk is frequently cited as one of the best resources for education and for the blind (who can "read" electronic texts with computer devices that provide voice output.) An archive of back issues is available. Internet-on-a-Disk is provide by B&R Samizdat Express. To receive this newsletter by email, send email to
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General Interest

Families USA - a consumer voice for health care
Families USA is the consumer voice for health care offering articles and reports on health care, politics, reform, Medicare and Medicaid, and other health care issues for women, senior citizens, and lower-income people. Families USA is a national nonprofit organization and advocates high-quality, affordable health and long term care for all Americans. They work at the national, state, and grassroots levels with organizations and individuals to help them participate constructively in shaping health care policies in the public and private sectors. Families USA issues reports and analyses, and works extensively through a variety of media, to educate the public, opinion leaders, and policymakers about problems consumers experience in the health care marketplace and what should be done to solve them.
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Metroscope - Web sites by city
Metroscope is a directory of resources arranged by metropolitan area. It contains over four thousand sites. Subject category breakdown under each site includes arts and entertainment, business, media, sports, and professional services. The directory is searchable by subject and across cities. A fast and powerful way to access the Internet resources of over 40 U.S. and five international cities, with new sites being added weekly. The site is provided by the Isotropic Media Group.
[Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
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Scotts Theatre Links
Scotts Theatre Links gathers together hundreds of theatre related sites under such categories as Academic Programs, Broadway, Casting/Contact Services, People, Shows, Theatre Resources, and Theatre Groups. Scott says, "The Internet has taken the theatre industry to new levels of accessibility." Provided by Scott Neaf.
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RootsWorld and Hollow Ear - music not in the mainstream
RootsWorld offers the world of jazz, roots, rock, folk, world music and other unique sounds from good artists and labels not in the mainstream. The idea is to make a common place for folks to look for information on new releases, tours and back catalogs of music from small independent record labels and individual artists. The site also includes regularly updated editorial content.

Also see Hollow Ear, "The gap between aural cavities. Music that defies easy categorizations or quick quips."
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Net Tools

Real Audio - free software player for audio files
The RealAudio free software player allows users with audio capability the ability to listen to audio files "on demand." The files are played-back instantaneously while they are downloading, rather than waiting for the entire file to be downloaded before the user can begin listening. As audio files are usually large, there is a user-friendly advantage in this technology. RealAudio allows for emulation of "radio" broadcasts over the Internet. Download the free player for Windows or Macintosh and connect to sites such as ABC and NPR to hear news broadcasts and interviews. The quality of the sound can be weak, but as the technology improves so will the sound.
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Internetwork Mail Guide
The Internetwork Mail Guide, recently updated, documents methods of sending mail from one network to another. It represents the aggregate knowledge of the readers of comp.mail.misc and many contributors from other sources. The Guide explains e-mail sending conventions between different combinations of many different networks. It is provided by Scott Yanoff. Also available is a forms-based service that lets the user enter the "from" and "to" networks and returns the proper addressing to get from one to the other.
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Copyright Susan Calcari, 1995. Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of the Scout Report provided the copyright notice and this paragraph is preserved on all copies. The InterNIC provides information about 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.

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