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There's Gold in them thar Networks! or Searching for Treasure in all the Wrong Places (RFC1290)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002110D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 22 page(s) / 43K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J. Martin: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document was presented at the 1991 ACM SIGUCCS User Services Conference. It appears here in its updated form.

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Network Working Group J. Martin

Request for Comments: 1290 Ohio State University

FYI: 10 December 1991

There's Gold in them thar Networks!

or

Searching for Treasure in all the Wrong Places

Status of this Memo

This RFC provides information for the Internet community. It does not

specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document was presented at the 1991 ACM SIGUCCS User Services

Conference. It appears here in its updated form.

There is a wealth of information on the network. In fact, so much

information, that you could spend your entire life browsing. This

paper will present some of the "gold nuggets" of information and file

repositories on the network that could be of use to end users.

The ultimate goal is to make the route to these sources of

information invisible to the user. At present, this is not easy to

do. I will explain some of the techniques that can be used to make

these nuggets easier to pick up so that we can all be richer.

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction................................................ 2

2.0 Lists and Indexes of Network Resources/Bibliographies/

Information Available over the Network...................... 2

3.0 Libraries Available over the Network........................ 6

4.0 Anonymous FTP Sites......................................... 7

5.0 Network Information Centers - NICs.......................... 8

6.0 Network Statistics.......................................... 10

7.0 Campus Wide Information Systems - CWIS...................... 11

8.0 Internet Bulleting Board System/Interactive

Databases/Freenet........................................... 19

9.0 WHOIS - E-mail white pages.................................. 22

10.0 Books....................................................... 23

11.0 Free Periodicals/Tabloids/Magazines......................... 23

12.0 Glossary.................................................... 25

Security Considerations.......................................... 26

Author's Address................................................. 27

1.0 Introduction

This paper is a list of the essential things, in my view, that a

person who is responsible for providing network information should

have in their hands as reference material. One of the basic problems

of information is making it easily available to those who have need

of the data. Libraries have been p...