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RFC 1689

 
 
 

A Status Report on Networked Information Retrieval: Tools and Groups

Part 7 of 7, p. 190 to 226
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  Name:
  [May be the name of a role e.g., group-secretariat or of an
  individual]

  Email address:

  Postal Address:

  Telephone:

  Fax:

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailing Lists:
  [Duplicate this section for each list]

  Address:          [Email Address to send contributions]

  Administration:   [<listname>-request etc.]

  Description:
  [This is optional - if the group has only one mailing list]

  Archive:  [Location of message archive for this list]

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 News groups:
  [Duplicate this section for each news group]

  Name:

  Description:
  [This is optional - if the group has only one news group]

  Archive:  [Location of message archive for this news group]

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Document Archive:
  [Duplicate if necessary]

  Location details:
       Site:
       Directory:

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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 Official Publications:
  [for example: Journal, Newsletter, Report Series]

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 Bibliography:
  [A list of a maximum of 10 key papers, books etc. produced by
  this group on their NIR work].

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Other Information:

  [Feel free to add other information that you feel is relevant.

  This will be considered for inclusion in the report.]

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APPENDIX C


  /* A summary of email lists and newsgroups dealing with    */
  /* various issues in resource discovery and networked      */
  /* information retrieval.                                  */

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 Created-By:             Peter Deutsch
 Email Address:          peterd@bunyip.com
 Last Updated:           16 December 1993
 Comments:               Please send comments, corrections and
                         additions to the author at the above address.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 /* The following mailing lists are in IAFA format. NIR Groups and   */
 /* Tool developers are encouraged to make such descriptions         */
 /* available for their lists.                                       */

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 Mailinglist-Name:       Alex

 Address:                alex-users@cs.cmu.edu

 Administration:         alex-users-request@cs.cmu.edu

 Address:                alex-servers@cs.cmu.edu

 Administration:         alex-servers-request@cs.cmu.edu

 Description:            alex-servers is for people setting up an Alex
                         fileserver.  alex-users is for people who just
                         want to use Alex.

 Archive:                alex.sp.cs.cmu.edu (128.2.209.13)

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Archie

 Address:                archie-maint@bunyip.com

 Administration:         archie-maint-request@bunyip.com

 Description:            This mailing list is for people who operate and

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                         maintain archie servers.  Announcements of bug
                         fixes, new releases and discussion of new
                         features are carried out on this list.

 Archive:          archives.cc.mcgill.ca:/pub/mailing-lists/archie-maint

                   ----------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       The archie People Mailing List

 Address:                archie-people@bunyip.com

 Administration:         archie-people-request@bunyip.com

 Description:            This mailing list is for people interested in
                         the archie project and its future developments.
                         Announcements of upgrades, new services, etc.
                         are made to this list.

 Archive:                None

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name        Gopher

 Address:                gopher-news@boombox.micro.umn.edu

 Administration:         gopher-news-request@boombox.micro.umn.edu

 Description:            News and views of all things gopher.

 Archive: Via gopher:    University of Minnesota Gopher
                         Information About Gopher

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       HYTELNET Updates Distribution

 Address:                hytel-l@kentvm.kent.edu

 Administration:         By listowner Peter Scott
                         aa375@freenet.carleton.ca

 Description:            To inform members of new version of the
                         software, and to keep users informed of
                         new/changed/defunct Telnet-accessible sites.
                         To subscribe send email message to
                         listserv@kentvm.kent.edu with no subject, and

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                         sub hytel-l firstname lastname  as the body of
                         the message.

 Archive:                None.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Netfind

 Address:                netfind-users@cs.colorado.edu

 Administration:         netfind-users-request@cs.colorado.edu

 Description:            Mailing list for user changes and updates.

 Archive:                None.

                      ---------------------------

 Address:                netfind-servers@cs.colorado.edu

 Administration:         schwartz@cs.colorado.edu

 Description:            Mailing list for sites running Netfind servers.

 Archive:                None.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Prospero

 Address:                info-prospero@isi.edu

 Administration:         info-prospero-request@isi.edu

 Description:            This mailing list is really two one-way mailing
                         lists.  Send mail to INFO-PROSPERO to obtain
                         information about Prospero, papers or the
                         release. Mail to INFO-PROSPERO will not be
                         passed on to subscribers.  INFO-PROSPERO is
                         also the list to which we will send status
                         updates and information on how to obtain new
                         releases.

 Archive:                Via anonymous FTP to PROSPERO.ISI.EDU as
                         /pub/prospero/mail/info-prospero.arc

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                   Via prospero in the "#/INET/EDU/ISI/GUEST/prototype"
                   virtual system as
                   /sites/isi.edu/pub/prospero/mail/info-prospero.arc.

                     -----------------------------

 Address:                prospero@isi.edu

 Administration:         prospero-request@isi.edu

 Description:            This mailing list is for general discussion of
                         Prospero, for announcements of new sites that
                         have come on board, and for announcments of
                         directories that people have created to
                         organize the information already accessible.

 Archive:                Via anonymous FTP to PROSPERO.ISI.EDU as
                         /pub/prospero/mail/prospero.arc

                    Via Prospero in the "#/INET/EDU/ISI/GUEST/prototype"
                    virtual system as
                    /sites/isi.edu/pub/prospero/mail/prospero.arc.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Veronica

 Address:                veronica-news@veronica.scs.unr.edu

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       WAIS

 Address:                wais-discussion@wais.com

 Administration:         wais-discussion-request@wais.com

 Description:            Moderated, digested biweekly posting about WAIS
                         and Electronic publishing subjects.  Please
                         submit interesting materials.

 Archive:
                /pub/wais/mail-archives/wais-discussion/issue-*@wais.com
                and wais-discussion-archive WAIS server

                     -----------------------------

 Address:                wais-talk@wais.com

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 Administration:         wais-talk-request@wais.com

 Description:            Implementors forum on WAIS.  This is for
                         talking about nitty gritty details of protocols
                         and implementations.

 Archive:                /pub/wais/mail-archives/wais-talk@wais.com

                     -----------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       freeWAIS

 Address:                freeWAIS@cnidr.org

 Administration:         not applicable

 Description:            Mailing list for reporting bugs in freeWAIS.

 Archive:                None.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       WWW

 Address:                www-talk@info.cern.ch for CONTRIBUTIONS ONLY

 Administration:         listserv@info.cern.ch  (robot)
                         www-talk-request@info.cern.ch (human)

 Description:            Technical discussions, W3 related.  Experts to
                         experts.  General questions to
                         comp.infosystems.www please.

 Archive:                Not currently served, but kept.

                      ---------------------------

 Address:                www-announce@info.cern.ch
                         NOT FOR GENERAL USE - serious low-volume
                                               announcements only

 Administration:         listserv@info.cern.ch (robot)
                         www-announce-request@info.cern.ch (human)

 Description:            Low volume summary announcements of product
                         releases, etc.

 Archive:                Not currently public.

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 Mailinglist-Name:       X.500

 Address:                dssig@ics.uci.edu

 Administration:         dssig-request@ics.uci.edu

 Description:            Mail list for OIW DS-SIG group.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Groups

 All of the CNI lists are managed with the Unix-Listprocessor software.

 To join any of them mail to:
                         listproc@cni.org

                    sub cni-<groupname> Firstname Lastname

 All CNI list archives are available as:
  URL:ftp://ftp.cni.org/CNI/forums/cni-<groupname>
  URL:gopher//gopher.cni.org 70/CNI Working Group Forums/
      cni-<groupname>

                    --------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI News and Announcements

 Address:                cni-announce@cni.org

                    --------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Architecture and Standards Working Group

 Address:                cni-architecture@cni.org

                    --------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Copyright and Intellectual Property
                         Forum

 Address:                cni-copyright@cni.org

                    -------------------------------

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 Mailinglist-Name:       Directories and Information Resource Services
                          Working Group

 Address:                cni-directories@cni.org

                   --------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Legislation, Codes, Policies and
                         Practices Working Group Forum

 Address:                cni-legislation@cni.org

                     -----------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Management & Professional & User
                         Education Working Group Forum

 Address:                cni-management@cni.org

                   ---------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Modernization of Scholarly
                         Publication Working Group Forum

 Address:                cni-modernization@cni.org

                    --------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Access to Public Information
                         Working Group Forum

 Address:                cni-pubinfo@cni.org

                    -------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Teaching and Learning Working Group
                         Forum

 Address:                cni-teaching@cni.org

                    -------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNI Transformation of Scholarly
                         Communication Working Group Forum

 Address:                cni-transformation@cni.org

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 Mailinglist-Name:       TopNode for Networked Information Resources,
                           Services and Tools

 Address:                cnidir@cni.org
                         cni-directories@cni.org

 Administration:         listserv@cni.org
                         SUB cni-directories Lastname Firstname

 Archive:                ftp.cni.org:/CNI/forums/cni-directories/*

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       CNIDR

 Address:                info@cnidr.org

 Administration:         none

 Description:            Email sent to this address will receive an
                         automatic response containing more information
                         about current CNIDR activities.

 Archive:                none

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       zip@cnidr.org

 Address:                zip@cnidr.org

 Administration:         zip-request@cnidr.org
                         sub zip Lastname Firstname

 Description:            Technical discussion of Z39.50-92 application
                         development.  Subscribers receive brief
                         overview of project and information on how to
                         access archives.

 Archive:
      ftp://ftp.cnidr.org/NIDR.tools/zip
      gopher://gopher.cnidr.org/NIDR Tools/Discussion/Online Discussion

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 Mailinglist-Name:       IDS: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) WG

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                         on Integrated Directory Services

 Address:                ietf-ids@merit.edu

 Administration:         ietf-ids-request@merit.edu

 Archive:                Anonymous FTP to merit.edu, ids/archive

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:      IIIR: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) WG
                        on Integration of Internet Information Resources

 Address:                iiir@merit.edu

 Administration:         iiir-request@merit.edu

 Archive:                Anonymous FTP, iiir/archive

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       NIR: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) WG
                         on Network Information Retrieval

 Address:                nir@mailbase.ac.uk

 Administration:         Auto subscriptions to: mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk
                         "subscribe nir firstname lastname"
                         Human admin to: nir-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 Description:            This mailing list is intended to act as a
                         clearing-house for discussions of Networked
                         Information Retrieval and the active research
                         projects in this field (eg WAIS, WWW, Gopher).

 Keywords:               IETF, URIs, UDIs, URLs, UDLs, resource
                         discovery, Internet, Gopher, WAIS, WWW, X.500,
                         archie

 Archive:                ftp://mailbase.ac.uk/pub/lists/files/nir/*
                         or via gopher to mailbase.ac.uk

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       NISI: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) WG
                         on Network Information Services Infrastructure

 Address:                nisi@merit.edu

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 Administration:         nisi-request@merit.edu

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 Mailinglist-Name:       OSI-DS: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
                         WG on OSI Directory Services

 Address:                ietf-osi-ds@cs.ucl.ac.uk

 Administration:         ietf-osi-ds-request@cs.ucl.ac.uk

 Archive:                Anonymous FTP, bells.cs.ucl.ac.uk

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       URI: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) WG
                         on Uniform Resource Identifiers

 Address:                uri@bunyip.com

 Administration:         uri-request@bunyip.com

 Archive:                archives.cc.mcgill.ca:~/pub/uri-archive

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       WNILS: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
                         Whois and Network Information Lookup Service

 Address:                ietf-wnils@ucdavis.edu

 Administration:         ietf-wnils-request@ucdavis.edu
                         subscribe ietf-wnils Firstname Lastname

 Description:            This mailing list is used by the IETF Whois and
                         Network Information Lookup Service (WNILS)
                         working group which is defining enhancements to
                         whois.

 Archive:                ucdavis.edu:/pub/archive

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Z39.50 Implementors Group (ZIG)

 Address:                Z3940IW@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu (Internet)
                         Z3950IW@NERVM (Bitnet)

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 Administration/         listserv@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu (Internet)
 Subscriptions:          LISTSERV@NERVM (Bitnet)

 Archive:                Anonymous FTP and/or Gopher: sally.fcla.ufl.edu

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       RARE Information Services and User Support WG

 Address:                wg-isus@rare.nl

 Administration:         Auto subscriptions to: mailserver@rare.nl
                         "subscribe wg-isus <firstname> <lastname>

                         Human admin to: wg-isus-request@rare.nl

 Description:            General purpose mailing list for whole ISUS WG.

 Document Archive:       Site: raredoc.rare.nl
                         Directory: /rare

                     ------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       MMIS: RARE Multimedia Information Services
                         Task Force

 Address:                mmis@mailbase.ac.uk

 Administration:         Autosubscriptions to: mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk
                         "subscribe mmis firstname lastname
                         Human admin to: mmis-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 Archive:                ftp://mailbase.ac.uk/pub/lists/files/mmis/*
                         or via gopher to mailbase.ac.uk

                     ------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       UNITE: RARE Task Force on "User Network
                         Interface To Everything"

 Address:                unite@mailbase.ac.uk

 Administration:         Autosubscriptions to: mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk
                         "subscribe unite firstname lastname
                         Human admin to: unite-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 Archive:                ftp://mailbase.ac.uk/pub/lists/files/unite/*
                         or via gopher to mailbase.ac.uk

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 Mailinglist-Name:       Hyper-G

 Address:                uniinfo@mlist.tu-graz.ac.at

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       Soft Pages

 Address:                spp@aic.co.jp

 Administration:         spp-request@aic.co.jp

 Description:            Technical discussion related to representation
                         of network information in the directory and its
                         usage is carried out in this group.

 Archive:                Not (yet) available via anonymous FTP.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       WHOIS++

 Address:                ietf-wnils@ucdavis.edu

 Administration:         ietf-wnils-request@ucdavis.edu

 Archive:                pub/archive/wnils@ucdavis.edu

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailinglist-Name:       IAFA: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
                         Internet Anonymous FTP Archive working group

 Address:                iafa@bunyip.com

 Administration:         iafa-request@bunyip.com

 Description:            This mailing list is for people who are
                         involved in the Internet Anonymous FTP Archives
                         Working Group of the IETF.  This group was
                         involved in standardizing the encoding of
                         information at anonymous FTP archives and thus
                         is of interest to operators and users of the
                         archie system.  It came to completion in
                         November, 1992 and produced two documents which
                         have been presented to the IETF as informational

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                         RFCs.

 Archive:                archives.cc.mcgill.ca:/pub/mailing-lists/iafa

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 /* The following Usenet newsgroups discuss various issues in */
 /* resource discovery or specific NIR projects.              */

 Newsgroup-Name:         comp.archives.admin

 Mailinglist-Gate:       <unknown>

 Description:            This group discusses problems in administering
                         Internet archives. It has also been used as an
                         informal source of announcements for project
                         releases, a place for new-comers to ask
                         questions, etc.

 Keywords:               anonymous FTP, archives, Internet, archie

 Archive:                <unknown>

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Newsgroup-Name:         comp.infosystems.wais

 Mailinglist-Gate:       <unknown>

 Description:            This group was created to host discussions
                         about the Wide Area Information Server
                         Also included are information and help with the
                         public domain release available from Thinking
                         Machine Corp. and setting up your own WAIS
                         server.

 Keywords:               WAIS, resource discovery, indexing, Internet

 Archive:                <unknown>

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Newsgroup-Name:         alt.wais

 Mailinglist-Gate:       <unknown>

 Description:            This alt. group was created to host discussions
                         about the Wide Area Information Service. It has

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                         been superceeded by the group
                         "comp.infosystems.wais" and its use is
                         discouraged.

 Keywords:               WAIS, resource discovery, indexing, Internet

 Archive:                <unknown>

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Newsgroup-Name:         comp.infosystems.www

 Mailinglist-Gate:       <unknown>

 Description:            This group was created to host discussions
                         about the World Wide Web distributed hypertext
                         information services project based at CERN in
                         Switzerland, including discussion of the many
                         public domain implementations of WWW clients
                         and servers available.

 Keywords:               World Wide Web, campus-wide information
                         systems, resource discovery, indexing, Internet

 Archive:                <unknown>

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Newsgroup-Name:         alt.gopher

 Mailinglist-Gate:       <unknown>

 Description:            This group was created to host discussions
                         about the Gopher distributed information
                         project, based at University of Minnesota,
                         including discussion of the many public domain
                         implementations of Gopher clients and servers
                         available. It has been superceeded by the
                         group "comp.infosystems.gopher" and its use is
                         discouraged.

 Keywords:               Gopher, campus-wide information systems,
                         resource discovery, indexing, Internet

 Archive:                <unknown>

 ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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 Newsgroup-Name:         alt.internet.services

 Description:            This newsgroup is for people interested in
                         Internet-related services, with a focus at the
                         user level.  Announcements and discussions of
                         issues related to archie are presented here, as
                         well as discussions of more general issues
                         relating to Internet services.

 Archive:                not known

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Newsgroup-Name:         bit.listserv.hytel-l

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APPENDIX D

 COMING ATTRACTIONS

  This section will be used to keep a note of NIR Tools which are
  considered by the NIR Group to be sufficiently well developed to
  include here, but that are not yet in widespread use.

  Items currently included here are:

        Hyper-G
        Soft Pages
        Whois++

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


 HYPER-G

  Date template updated or checked: 19th October, 1993
  By: Name:   Frank Kappe
      Email address:fkappe@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at

 ----------------------------------------------------------------------

 NIR Tool Name: Hyper-G

 Brief Description of Tool:

  Hyper-G is the name of an ambitious hypermedia project currently being
  developed as a joint effort by a number of institutes of the IIG
  (Institutes for Information-Processing Graz) and the Computing and
  Information Services Center of the Graz University of Technology and
  the Austrian Computer Society.

  Hyper-G is designed as a general-purpose, large-scale, multi-user,
  distributed hypermedia information system.  As such, it combines
  concepts of hypermedia, information retrieval systems, documentation
  systems with aspects of communication and collaboration, and computer
  supported teaching and learning.  It also provides seamless
  integration of other systems (e.g., World-Wide Web, Gopher, WAIS) that
  also operate under the client/server paradigm and allows remote logins
  to interactive services.

  In addition to hypertext links, Hyper-G allows navigation through
  hierarchies, queries (including full text), guided tours, and is
  multilingual.

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  Hyper-G is currently operated at some 10 locations throughout the
  world, including a University Information System at the Graz Technical
  University.  Clients and the server are available without fee for
  educational institutions, and are distributed as binaries for a number
  of platforms.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Frank Kappe

  Email address:        fkappe@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at

  Postal Address:       Schieszstattg. 4a, A-8010 Graz, AUSTRIA

  Telephone:            +43-316-832551-22

  Fax:                  +43-316-824394

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Help Line:
  Sorry no help line

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Related Working Groups:

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Sponsoring Organisation / Funding source:

  Austrian Ministry of Science
  European Space Agency

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Mailing Lists:
  uniinfo@mlist.tu-graz.ac.at

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 News groups:
  None

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 Protocols:

  What is supported:   RPC

  What it runs over:   TCP/IP

  Other NIR tools this interworks with: gopher, WAIS, World Wide Web

  Future plans: Too numerous to mention.

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 Servers:

  Date completed or updated:     12th October, 1993
  By: Name:                      Gerald Pani
      Email address:             gpani@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at

  Platform: UNIX

  Primary Contact:
      Name:           Gerald Pani
      Email address:  gpani@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at
      Telephone:      +43-316-832551-34

  Server software available from:  anon-ftp from iicm.tu-graz.ac.at,
                                   in directory pub/Hyper-G/Server

  Location of more information:    see README in above directory

  Latest version number:

  Brief Scope and Characteristics:

  Approximate number of such servers in use: 13

  General comments:

   Currently available as binary distribution for SUN, DEC, HP,
   and SGI workstations.

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 Clients:

  UNIX curses client (a.k.a. VT100 Client)

  Date completed or updated:    19th October, 1993

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  By: Name:                     Frank Kappe
      Email address:            fkappe@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at

  Platform:  UNIX

  Primary Contact:
  Name:                         Frank Kappe
  Email address:                fkappe@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at
  Telephone:                    +43-316-832551-22

  Client software available from:

      anonymous ftp:  iicm.tu-graz.ac.at:/pub/Hyper-G/UnixClient

  Location of more information:

  Latest version number: 1.41

  Brief Scope and Characteristics:

   Fairly sophisticated terminal viewer with ~50 commands, multi-
   language user interface, history, authoring capabilities (text
   documents and links) and the ability to speak to gopher,
   World-Wide-Web, WAIS and to start telnet sessions.

  General comments:

  Future plans:

   The terminal viewer will probably remain rather stable in the future.
   Our main effort now goes into the development of clients for
   X-Windows and MS-Windows.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 MS-Windows Client

  Date completed or updated:    10th October, 1993
  By: Name:                     Thomas Dietinger
      Email address:

  Platform:  UNIX

  Primary Contact:
  Name:                         Thomas Dietinger, Frank Kappe
  Email address:                tdieting@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at
  Telephone:                    +43-316-832551-22

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  Client software available from:

      anonymous ftp:  iicm.tu-graz.ac.at:/pub/Hyper-G/pc-client

  Location of more information:

  Latest version number: 1.37

  Brief Scope and Characteristics:

  Preliminary version of a Hyper-G client for MS-Windows 3.1 and Windows
  NT.  Currently mostly identical to the UNIX curses client.  An
  exception is its ability to elegantly import and export RTF text files
  to/from Hyper-G, and its multimedia capabilities.

  General comments:

  Future plans:

  Will become more fancy (menus, icons, buttons...) in the near future.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Demonstration sites:

  List of sites which are willing to act as demonstration
  sites for this application.

       Site name: hyperg.tu-graz.ac.at
       Access details: 'rlogin hyperg.tu-graz.ac.at' or
                       'telnet hyperg.tu-graz.ac.at', login 'info'

                       (rlogin has the advantage that the terminal size
                       of xterms is handled correctly (can even be
                       changed in the middle of a session)

  Note: The same information is available through Gopher and WWW
        gateways.
        Gopher: host gopher.tu-graz.ac.at, port 70
        WWW:    URL=http://www.tu-graz.ac.at:80/ROOT

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Documentation:


 Document Title: Most of the documentation is available on-line in the
                 Graz server. The server distribution include man-pages

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                 of the additional authoring tools and utilities that
                 are supplied with the server. The ideas behind Hyper-G
                 are described in a number of research papers (see
                 Bibliography).

 Location details:
                 Site:      iicm.tu-graz.ac.at
                 Full file name: look in directory /pub/Hyper-G/doc

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Bibliography:

  Kappe F.: Aspects of a Modern Multi-Media Information System.  IIG
  Report 308, IIG, Graz University of Technology, Austria, June 1991.
  Available by anonymous ftp from
  iicm.tu-graz.ac.at:/pub/Hyper-G/doc/report308.ps.Z

  Kappe F., Maurer H., Sherbakov N.: Hyper-G - A Universal Hypermedia
  System. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Vol. 2,
  No. 1, pp. 39-66 (1993). Also available by anonymous ftp from
  iicm.tu-graz.ac.at:/pub/Hyper-G/doc/report333.txt.Z

  Kappe F., Pani G., Schnabel F.: The Architecture of a Massively
  Distributed Hypermedia System. Internet Research: Electronic
  Networking Applications and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 10-24; Meckler
  (Spring 1993)

  Kappe F., Maurer H.: Hyper-G: A Large Universal Hypermedia System and
  Some Spin-Offs; ACM Computer Graphics, experimental special online
  issue; available by anonymous ftp from siggraph.org in directory
  publications/May_93_online/Kappe.Maurer (May 1993)

  Kappe F.: Hyper-G: A Distributed Hypermedia System; Proc. INET '93,
  San Francisco, California, pp. DCC-1 - DCC-9 (Aug. 1993).

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  Other Information:

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 SOFT PAGES

 Date template updated or checked: 4th November, 1993
 By: Name:          Glenn Mansfield
     Email address: glenn@aic.co.jp

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 NIR Tool Name:    SoftPages

 Brief Description of Tool:

  A tool to aid users in the efficient retrieval of documents, s/w, and
  the like from servers ( anonymous FTP, FTAM, ..  ) connected to the
  network.  In principle, it uses the X.500 Directory framework to store
  information about the network.  This includes the network
  configuration, the properties of the links that connect the network
  elements, location of servers and their contents.  When a user looks
  for a particular document or s/w the above information is used to
  search for the object starting from the server that is
  "nearest" (cheapest) to the user.

  The X.500 directory services is used in several stages
       get list of file-servers
       get path to file servers
       get attributes for computing cost of paths
       search for file that is being sought

  However, under present circumstances, due to lack of deployment of
  network information in the directory, when information is unavailable
  from X.500, alternate sources/methods are used.  [Static-lists of
  file-servers, or lists of file servers from other clients (e.g.,
  archie); Paths and/or costs are obtained from static lists or derived
  by other direct means (e.g., ping, traceroute); file information is
  sought from other servers (e.g., archie).]

  User's View:

  A "single window" view of the public archives connected to the
  network.  It locates the server that contains the sought object and is
  near(/cheap/fast) server.

  Query of files based on incomplete name is supported.  The system also
  supports queries based on keywords.

  Information Provider's View:

  The information about the server contents have to be updated

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  at a single place- namely, the local Directory Service Agent.
  The Directory Service Agent makes the information globally
  accessible.
  It is not necessary to carry out periodic updates on one or
  more information servers.

  - information types supported (e.g., text, sound, etc.)

  Since the system supports query on name and keywords (not on
  contents) all kinds of information may be supported.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:            Manager, SoftPages Project
  Email address:   spp-manager@aic.co.jp
  Postal Address:  AIC Sytsems Lab.
                   Minami Yoshinari 6-6-3
                   Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi 989-32, Japan

  Telephone:       +81-22-279-3310
  Fax:             +81-22-279-3640

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 Help Line:
  Name:            SoftPages Project Support Group
  Email address:   spp-support@aic.co.jp
  Telephone:       +81-22-279-3310

  Level of support offered:
       o volunteer
       o all users             yes

  Hours available: Regular working hours

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 Related Working Groups:
  The SoftPages Project Working Group

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 Sponsoring Organisation / Funding source:
  The project is supported by:
      AIC Systems Lab., Sendai, Japan
      Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

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      The WIDE Project, Japan

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              spp@aic.co.jp
  Administration:       spp-request@aic.co.jp
  Description:          Technical discussion related to representation
                        of network information in the directory and its
                        usage is carried out in this group.

  Archive:              Not (yet) available via anonymous FTP.

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 News groups:
  None

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 Protocols:

  What is supported:   X.500 DAP
  What it runs over:   LDAP over IP

  Other NIR tools this interworks with:

  Future plans:

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 Servers:

  Date completed or updated:    4th November, 1993
  By: Name:                     Glenn Mansfield
      Email address:            glenn@aic.co.jp

  Platform:                     Unix

  Primary Contact:
  Name:                         Manager, SoftPages Project
  Email address:                spp-manager@aic.co.jp
  Telephone:                    +81-22-279-3310

  Server software available from:
        Any standard X.500 package will do.
        We are using the QUIPU package that is included

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        in the ISODE system

  Location of more information:

  Latest version number:

  Brief Scope and Characteristics:

  Approximate number of such servers in use:

  General comments:
          some new oids need to be assigned for
          SoftPages related objects.

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 Clients:

  Date completed or updated:    4th November, 1993
  By: Name:                     Glenn Mansfield
      Email address:            glenn@aic.co.jp

  Platform:                     Unix.

  Primary Contact:
  Name:                         Manager, SoftPages Project
  Email address:                spp-manager@aic.co.jp
  Telephone:                    +81-22-279-3310

  Client software available from:
               will be announced on the mailing list in the
               near future

  Location of more information:

  Latest version number:

  Brief Scope and Characteristics:

  General comments:
               The Prototype is under development and testing.
               It is not (yet) available for public use.

  Future plans:

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 Demonstration sites:

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 Documentation:

   Document Title: README
   Location details:
        Site: ftp.tohoku.ac.jp
        Full file name:pub/spp/README

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 Bibliography:

  "The Soft Pages Project", Th. Johannsen, G.Mansfield,
  OSI-DS-39, February 1993.
  Location details:
       Site: cs.ucl.ac.uk
       Full file name:osi-ds/osi-ds-39-00.{txt, ps}

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 Other Information:

  "Optimized Document Retrieval - Soft Pages Project", Th. Johannsen,
  G.Mansfield, S.Noguchi, Booklet of Abstracts,
  The Network Services Conference '92, Pisa, November 1992.

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 WHOIS++

 Date template updated or checked: 21 October, 1993
 By: Name:          Chris Weider
     Email address: clw@bunyip.com

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 NIR Tool Name: whois++ and the whois++ index service

 Brief Description of Tool:

  whois++ and the whois++ index service are extensions of the WHOIS
  protocol.  They are designed to a) subsume in a standardized fashion
  the many enhancements which have been added to individual WHOIS
  servers; b) extend the flexibility of WHOIS by enriching the query
  syntax, and c) provide a distributed indexing system to tie the
  various whois++ servers into a distributed information lookup service.

  The protocols describe two logically distinct types of servers that an
  information provider can set up.  The first type is the base-level
  whois++ server.  This contains primary information, such as entries
  for individual people or entries describing resources available
  locally.  For example, if one wished to provide a campus directory
  through whois++, one would set up a base-level whois++ server that
  contained entries for each student.  In addition, this base-level
  server must be able to generate 'forward knowledge' for the
  information it contains.  The second type of server collects the
  'forward knowledge' generated by a number of base-level servers, and
  can take a query sent to it and determine which of the base-level
  servers it indexes might contain information relevant for the query.
  A single physical server may contain both primary information and
  'forward knowledge' for a number of other servers, and an index server
  can also index 'forward knowledge' for a number of other index
  servers, allowing a hierarchical mesh of index servers to be built.
  For more details on the information provider's point of view, see the
  'Documentation' section of this template.

  The basic information model is centered on the concept of 'templates'.
  A template is a collection of attribute:value pairs, where the
  allowable attributes are specified by the template type.  The whois++
  templates are based on the templates defined by the IAFA working group
  of the IETF.  The values associated with given attributes are not
  necessarily limited to text, they can be digitized sound clips, etc.

  Depending on the client she uses, the user will see a connection to
  the local whois++ base-level server.  The user can ask the server for
  a list of templates supported by that server, and can then call up a

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  blank version of the template so that she can fill in values for the
  attributes she knows.  Once she has filled in the template as much as
  she wants, she issues a query to the server to find all the entries
  which have these attribute:value pairs.  If she is not satisfied with
  the responses, she can then start traversing the index service to
  locate a server which can adequately answer her query.  In addition,
  if a user makes frequent use of the index service, she can set
  'bookmarks' which can be used later to directly contact servers she's
  found useful in the past, without having to traverse the index service
  again.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Chris Weider

  Email address:        clw@bunyip.com

  Postal Address:       2001 South Huron Parkway 12
                        Ann Arbor
                        Michigan
                        48104, USA

  Telephone:                    +1-313-971-2223

  Fax:                          +1-313-971-2223
                      ----------------------------

  Name:                 Peter Deutsch

  Email address:        peterd@bunyip.com

  Postal Address:       Bunyip Information Systems, Inc.
                        266 Blvd. Neptune
                        Dorval QUEBEC H9S 2L4
                        CANADA

  Telephone:            +1-514-875-8611

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 Help Line:
  Not yet deployed.

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 Related Working Groups:

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  Whois Network Information Lookup Service (WNILS) Working Group of the
  Internet Engineering Task Forces (IETF)

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 Sponsoring Organisation / Funding source:
    None

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              ietf-wnils@ucdavis.edu

  Administration:       ietf-wnils-request@ucdavis.edu

  Archive:              pub/archive/wnils@ucdavis.edu

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 News groups:

   NONE

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 Protocols:

  What is supported:    WHOIS, whois++

  What it runs over:    TCP/IP

  Other NIR tools this interworks with: None yet.

  Future plans: Providing resource location services and URN/URL
   mappings for GOPHER, ARCHIE, WAIS, and WWW.

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 Servers:

   Only beta versions available at this time (21 October, 1993). Please
   contact clw@bunyip.com (Chris Weider) for more information.

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 Clients:

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   Only beta versions available at this time (21 October, 1993). Please
   contact clw@bunyip.com (Chris Weider) for more information.

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 Demonstration sites:

   NONE at this time (21 October, 1993)

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 Documentation:

  Document Title: Architecture of the Whois++ Index Service
  Location details:
       Site: gopher.ucdavis.edu
       Full file name: /pub/IETF/WNILS/Architecture.Index.Service

  Document Title: Architecture of the WHOIS++ Service
  Location details:
       Site: gopher.ucdavis.edu
       Full file name: /pub/IETF/WNILS/Architecture.Overview

  Document Title: Specifications for WHOIS Services
  Location details:
       Site: gopher.ucdavis.edu
       Full file name: /pub/IETF/WNILS/Discussion.Paper

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 Bibliography:

   See the documentation section of this template.

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 Other Information:

  As this is a coming attraction, we encourage people to get in on the
  ground floor.  The authors of this protocol see it as potentially
  being a key player in any integrated Internet information
  architecture, and we can always use more volunteers who want to
  beta-test code for us.

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APPENDIX E

 Extinct Critters (Tools)

 This section will contain information on Tools moved from the main
 body of the report as the Tool falls out of common usage.

 There are no items currently in this section.

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APPENDIX F

 Extinct Critters (Groups)

 This section will be used as a historical record of groups which were
 once in the main body of the report, but which have since been closed.

 Items in this section:

        IAFA
        Z39.50  Interoperability Testbed

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 IAFA

 Date template updated or checked:      8th July 1993
 By: Name:              Peter Deutsch
     Email Address:     peterd@bunyip.com

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 NIR Group Name:       Internet Anonymous File Archive Working Group

 Sponsoring Organisation:  IETF

 Working subgroups:      none.

 Description of main group:

  This working group came to completion during the IETF meeting in
  November, 1992 and two Internet drafts are are now circulating.  The
  archive for this mailing list is currently available on
  "archives.cc.mcgill.ca" via anonymous ftp in the file
  "pub/mailing-lists/iafa".

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Peter Deutsch

  Email address:        peterd@bunyip.com

  Postal address:       Bunyip Information Systems
                        266 Blvd Neptune
                        Dorval, Quebec H9S 2L4
                        CANADA

  Telephone:            +1-514-398-3709

  Fax:                  +1-514-398-6876

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              iafa@cc.mcgill.ca

  Administration:       iafa-request@cc.mcgill.ca

  Description:          Discussion list for the IAFA Working Group
                        concerning the administration of anonymous FTP
                        archive sites.

  Keywords:             IETF, IAFA, anonymous, FTP, archive, Internet,
                        archie

  Archive:              The archive for this mailing list is currently
                        available on "archives.cc.mcgill.ca" via
                        anonymous FTP in the file
                        "pub/mailing-lists/iafa".

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 News groups:

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 Document Archive:

 Location details:
      Site:             archives.cc.mcgill.ca
      Directory:        pub/mailing-lists/iafa

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 Official Publications:

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 Bibliography:

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 Other Information:

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 Z39.50

 Date template updated or checked:      8th July 1993
 By: Name:              Jane Smith
     Email Address:     Jane.Smith@cnidr.org

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 NIR Group Name:               Z39.50 Interoperability Testbed

 Sponsoring Organisation:      Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
                               Architectures and Standards Program

 Working subgroups:
    Name of subgroup:
    Mailinglist-Address:

 Description of main group:

  Program priorities are 1) to facilitate a consistent and complete
  mechanism for linking bibliographic, abstracting, and indexing files
  to files of their associated source materials; 2) a single standard
  for the transmission of bitmapped image files; 3) protocols for
  handing networked requests for delivery of source materials; 4)
  mechanisms for interorganizational authentication, accounting, and
  billing; and 5) to integrate lessons drawn from the experience of
  pilot projects that exercise networked printing utilities and 6) to
  provide an "interoperability workshop" to specify, implement, and test
  advanced functions of Z39.50 to accelerate the pace and to ensure the
  quality of standardization efforts in this area.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Clifford Lynch

  Email address:        Clifford.Lynch@ucop.edu

  Postal address:       Off. of the President
                        Unv. of California
                        300 Lakeside Dr.,
                        8th Flr. Oakland, CA 94612-3350 USA

  Telephone:            +1-415-987-0522

  Fax:                  +1-415-839-3573

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              Z3950iw@NERVM.NERDC.UFL.EDU

  Administration:       LISTSERV@NERVM.NERDC.UFL.EDU

  Description:          Implementors' list for low level discussions
                        of protocol details.

  Archive:

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 News groups:           None

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 Document Archive:

  Location details:
       Site:            ftp.cni.org
       Directory:       /CNI/projects/

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 Official Publications: None

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 Bibliography:          None

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 Other Information:     None

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