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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: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 27 page(s) / 32K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Martin: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1290: DOI

Abstract

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

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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

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RFC 1290 Searching for Treasure December 1991

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 performing a cataloging function for many centuries. Information flow is now being provided at such a fast rate that it is difficult to keep up with it, even partially. Computer networks have only added to the problem by opening up 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 provides an index into the vast realm of network information. Most of the documents listed here are POINTERS to the final...

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