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There's Gold in them thar Networks! or Searching for Treasure in all the Wrong Places (RFC1402)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002227D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 33 page(s) / 66K

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J. Martin: AUTHOR

Abstract

A wealth of information exists on the network. In fact, there is 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 useful.

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Network Working Group J. Martin

Request for Comments: 1402 Ohio State University

FYI: 10 January 1993

Obsoletes: 1290

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

A wealth of information exists on the network. In fact, there is 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 useful.

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

information invisible to you. 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 all can be richer.

Table of Contents

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

2.0 Lists and Indexes of Network Resources/Bibliographies/

Information Available over the Network...................... 7

3.0 Libraries Available over the Network........................ 14

4.0 Anonymous FTP Sites......................................... 14

5.0 Network Information Centers - NICs.......................... 17

6.0 Network Statistics.......................................... 19

7.0 Campuswide Information Systems - CWISes..................... 20

8.0 Internet Bulletin Board System/Interactive

Databases/Freenet........................................... 28

9.0 WHOIS - E-mail white pages.................................. 32

10.0 Books....................................................... 35

11.0 Free Periodicals/Tabloids/Magazines......................... 36

12.0 Glossary.................................................... 37

Security Considerations.......................................... 39

Author's Address................................................. 39

1.0 Introduction

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

people who are responsible for providing network information should

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

with information is making it easily available to those who need the

data. Libraries have been performing a cataloging function for many

centuries. Information flow is now being provided so fast that it is

difficult to keep up with it, even partially. Computer networks have

only added to the problem by opening up access to even more

information.

Attempting to make this wealth of information available to those who

would find it useful poses some problems.

First, we need to know of its existence. To that end, this paper

provide...