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Document: Network News - #14
List: nnews from [email protected] or [email protected]
Archive: via listserv or ftp from vm1.nodak.edu in nnews directory
Date: September 28, 1994
Comments: [email protected]
Copyright: 1994 Dana Noonan
Permission granted to redistribute the unmodified version of
this newsletter provided no fee is charged for it.

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an update to libraries and information resources on the Internet
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Number 14 NETWORK-NEWS September 1994


TABLE OF CONTENTS:

State Government Information Servers
WWW: Search Engines and Hierarchies
Special Collections - additions
Recommended Reading
New on the Metronet Server
Corrections


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STATE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVERS
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The Internet has become a cost-effective way to publish and distribute
information. Government agencies have the opportunity to make available
on the Internet a variety of publications and databases that could support
their work, provide easy information access for both staff and the public,
and show citizens and lawmakers concrete evidence of the progress they have
made toward reaching their goals.

The following list of state government servers includes both polished and
"rough draft" information servers. Oregon Online offers a well-designed
gopher and www server that maximizes production efficiency and information
utility. It's manual for information providers is superb. California's
Senate Gopher offers a different approach to Internet publishing that is
a bit less complex than Oregon's but just as useful. Don't miss the demo
of the "Internet Office."

Texas and California have perhaps the most extensive and diverse sets of
services and modes of operation. For folks who like the "information
highway" metaphor the Texas "onramp" will be both familiar and inviting.
California offers a bit more of a view of how government agencies really
work and a lot less of the citizen sugar-coating found on many other services.

South Dakota's multimedia homepage is one of the best designed (based
on the familiar license plate). North Carolina State Library's Multimedia
Encyclopedia shows how libraries can make use of the web to publish
information from their archives. Hawaii's services have been available on
the net longer than most states and well worth checking out.

State servers could be improved by:

1. using sensible naming conventions - ie. www.state.us or gopher.state.us
2. limiting images of state seals, department logos, governors, buildings,
and cute icon replacements for www bullets
3. including a bit of real information along with usual government manual
and pr stuff

The following links are available on the Metronet/Maven WWW server:
URL: http://garnet.msen.com:70/0h/vendor/maven/inet1/nnews/states.html


ALASKA

Statewide Library Electronic
Doorway (SLED) telnet://sled.alask.edu/

ARKANSAS

AR Public School Computer Network gopher://hp.k12.ar.us/

CALIFORNIA

State Government (CSGNET) http://www.ca.gov/
ftp://ftp.teale.ca.gov/
State Senate gopher://gopher.sen.ca.gov/
http://www.sen.ca.gov/
Legislative Information (FTP) ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/
Governor's Office of Emergency
Services gopher://oes1.oes.gov:5555/
http://www.oes.ca.gov:8001/
Secretary of State gopher://secstate.public.ca.gov/
Department of Education gopher://goldmine.cdc.ca.gov/
Environmental Resources Evaluation
System (CERES) http://agency.resource.ca.gov/
Department of Conservation http://agency.resource.ca.gov/doc.html
Department of Fish and Game
Natural Heritage Division http://spock.dfg.ca.gov/
Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection http://oak.cdf.ca.gov/
Department of Transportation http://www.dot.ca.gov/
Department of Water Resources http://www.water.ca.gov/
- Div. of Planning http://locke.water.ca.gov/
- Snow Survey http://snow.water.ca.gov/
Public Utilities Commission gopher://gopher.cpuc.ca.gov/
ftp://ftp.cpuc.ca.gov/
State Lands Commission http://www.slc.ca.gov/

DELAWARE

Delaware Public Library gopher://kentnet.dtcc.edu

FLORIDA

FL Information Resource Network (FIRN) gopher://gopher.firn.edu/
Dept. of Environmental Protection gopher://gopher.dep.state.fl.us/

HAWAII

State of Hawaii http://hinc.hinc.hawaii.gov/soh_home.html
Hawaii Inc. http://hinc.hinc.hawaii.gov/hinc/hawaii_inc.html
Department of Education gopher://kalama.doe.hawaii.edu/
http://www.doe.hawaii.edu/

ILLINOIS

State Board of Education (ISBE) gopher://isbe.state.il.us
Public Domain Land Sales Archive
(via Univ. of Illinois, Chicago)
gopher://uicvm.cc.uic.edu/11/library/libdb/landsale

INDIANA

Department of Education gopher://ideanet.doe.state.in.us/
Higher Education Telecommunication
System gopher://gopher.in.net/

KENTUCKY

Commonwealth of Kentucky http://www.state.ky.us/
Department of Information Services gopher://gopher.state.ky.us/

LOUISIANA

InfoLouisiana gopher://gopher.state.la.us/

MARYLAND

Dept. of Library Services - Sailor gopher://sailor.lib.md.us/

MASSACHUSETTS

MA Education Computer Network gopher://gopher.mass.edu/

MICHIGAN

Governor's Office gopher://gopher.migov.state.mi.us/
Governor's Forum http://gopher.migov.state.mi.us/
Department of Education http://web.mde.state.mi.us:1024/
gopher://mdenet.mde.state.mi.us/

MINNESOTA

State of Minnesota Gopher gopher://gopher.state.mn.us/
Minnesota Legislature
gopher://gopher.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/
Department of Health gopher://gopher.health.state.mn.us/
Department of Transportation gopher://gopher.dot.state.mn.us/
MN Center for Arts Education gopher://gopher.mcae.k12.mn.us/
http//gopher.mcae.k12.mn.us/
Higher Education Coordinating Board gopher://gopher.hecb.state.mn.us/
InforMNs (k-12 Project) http://informns.k12.mn.us/
gopher://informns.k12.mn.us/

MISSOURI

Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education gopher://services.dese.state.mo.us/

MISSISSIPPI

Central Data Processing Authority gopher://gopher.state.ms.us/
http://www.state.ms.us/

NEBRASKA

Department of Education gopher://nde4.nde.state.ne.us/
Nebraska Online (NEON) telnet://neon.nlc.state.ne.us/

NEW YORK

Government Information Locator gopher://unix2.nysed.gov/
State Library gopher://unix2.nysed.gov/
Archives & Records Administration gopher://unix6.nysed.gov/
Office of Telecommunications Policy
Analysis and Development gopher://unix5.nysed.gov/
Department of Health gopher://gopher.health.state.ny.us/
Office of General Services -
State Contracts Database http://ogs.nysernet.org/
State Education Department gopher://vm1.nysed.gov/

NORTH CAROLINA

State Government Gopher gopher://gopher.sips.state.nc.us/
State of NC - Public Information http://www.sips.state.nc.us/
NC General Assembly gopher://ftp.legislature.state.nc.us/
State Library gopher://hal.ncdcr.gov/
http://hal.dcr.state.nc.us/
NC Dept. of Cultural Resources
NC Information Network (NCIN) telnet://ncdcr.dcr.state.nc.us
Note: login: slbb.guest
password: guest

OHIO

Dept. of Education gopher://odevs1.ode.ohio.gov/
OH Educational Computer Network gopher://nwoca7.nwoca.ohio.gov/

OKLAHOMA

Geological Survey Observatory gopher://wealaka.okgeosurvey1.gov/
State Regents Higher Education Net gopher://gopher.osrhe.edu/

OREGON

Oregon Online http://www.state.or.us/
Oregon Online gopher://gopher.state.or.us/
State Archives Public Info. Service http://159.121.28.151/ or
http://archive1.sos.or.gov/
Dept. of Administrative Services
Printing Division http://www.das.state.or.us/
gopher://gopher.das.state.or.us/
Department of Agriculture http://www.oda.or.gov/
Department of Fish and Wildlife http://eagle.dfw.or.gov/
Department of Transportation gopher://gopher.odot.or.gov/

PENNSYLVANIA

State System of Higher Education,
Chancellor's Office gopher://sshe2.sshechan.edu/

RHODE ISLAND

State Archives gopher://archives.state.ri.us/

SOUTH DAKOTA

State of South Dakota http://www.state.sd.us/
gopher://gopher.state.sd.us/

TEXAS

State of Texas http://info.texas.gov/
Secretary of State http://register.sos.texas.gov/
gopher://register.sos.texas.gov/
Department of Commerce gopher://gopher.tdoc.texas.gov/
Department of Health http://www.tdh.texas.gov/
Department of Information Resources gopher://gopher.dir.texas.gov/
Department of Information Resources,
Texas Information Highway http://www.texas.gov/
gopher://info.texas.gov/
telnet://bbs.dir.texas.gov/
Note: login: dir.bbs

General Service Commission http://www.spgsc.texas.gov/
Natural Resources Information System ftp://tnris.twdb.texas.gov/pub/
State Library gopher://link.tsl.texas.gov/
State Technology Assessment Center gopher://ocs.dir.texas.gov/
TX Education Agencies gopher://gopher.tea.texas.gov/
TX Education Network gopher://gopher.tenet.edu/
TX Higher Education Coordinating Board gopher://info.thecb.texas.gov/
TX Innovation Network telnet://puma.dir.texis.gov/
Note: login and password: innovate
Texas Marketplace Bulletin Board telnet://texis.tdoc.texas.gov/
Note: login and password: guest
TEXAS-ONE Services for Texas Small gopher://gopher.texas-one.org/
Business
Window on State Government telnet://window.texas.gov/
Note: login: new

UTAH

Utah Education Network gopher://eddy.media.utah.edu/

WASHINGTON

State FTP Archive ftp://leginfo.leg.wa.gov/pub/
Department of Information Services http://olympus.dis.wa.gov/
INFOX FTP Site ftp://olympus.dis.wa.gov/
Department of Social and Health
Services - Mental Health http://147.56.10.211/
Department of Transportation http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/
Washington Education Network gopher://gopher.wednet.edu/
Superintendent of Public Instruction gopher://inspire.ospi.wednet.edu/
WA State Energy Office - Energy
Ideas Clearinghouse telnet://eicbbs.wseo.wa.gov/

WEST VIRGINIA

WV Network for Educational
Telecomputing gopher://gopher.wvnet.edu/

WISCONSIN


Agency Information Server gopher://badger.state.wi.us/
State of Wisconsin Information Server http://badger.state.wi.us/
Department of Natural Resources gopher://dnrmai.dnr.wisc.gov/

WYOMING

State of Wyoming gopher://ferret.state.wy.us/
State Library gopher://159.238.106.10/


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WWW: SEARCH ENGINES AND HIERARCHIES
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The best world wide web hierarchy is: YAHOO: Yet Another Hierarchically
[insert O word] Oracle maintained by David Filo and Jerry Yang. It's easy
to navigate, fairly comprehensive, includes descriptive text, and offers
a solid search engine.

Yahoo http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/

Yahoo's What's New http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/new.html
(last three days only)

Yahoo Search http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/~jerry/bin/yahoo_search
with links to the
WebCrawler http://biotech.washington.edu/WebCrawler/WebQuery.html

Users of the Winweb and Macweb browsers have a distinct advantage - the
EINet search server is always available from an icon or pull down-menu.
If you want to max out on exploring the Web, make Yahoo your homepage for
Winweb or Macweb and supplement your search from EINet itself.

EINet Galaxy http://galaxy.einet.net/galaxy.html
Search Strategy http://galaxy.einet.net/howto.html#STRATEGY

If your want to read NCSA's latest What's New without seeing previous
weeks (or waiting forever for it to load), point your browser at the
Multimedia Ink Designs' Top O What's New.

Top O What's New http://mmink.cts.com/topo.html


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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - ADDITIONS
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Cindy Von Elling ([email protected]) sent the following information
about special collections at Kansas State University.

"I'm not certain if you list collections from archives, but I would
appreciate it if you would list the first 2-3. Kansas State University
Libraries is in the process of doing a complete retrospective conversion
project. Recently, we have begun creating bibliographic records for the
archival collections and hope to eventually have our finding aids
available on-line. So, while not everything is searchable yet, it will
be."

from Special Collections

The Cookery Collection (5000)
The Mackenzie Linnaeana (1300)
The Fred H. and Jeannette Higginson Robert Graves Collection (400)

from University Archives

Consumer Movement Archives
Gail Kubik Manuscripts
FAR-MAR-CO Records
Clementine Paddleford Papers
Dan Casement Papers
Alice Nichols Papers
Gordon Parks Papers
Issac Goodnow Papers
Velma Carson Papers


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RECOMMENDED READING AND PLAYING
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I must admit I am a sucker for any magazine with a cd-rom attached.
I bought Visual Basic magazine even though I don't own the program
(still happy using QBasic 4.5) because it was only $3.95. I'm so pleased
with the cd-rom that I might buy the program someday.

I've tried Nautilus (nice but over-priced), Substance digizine (a cross
between Wired and a punk-zine), and other products that should and will
remain nameless.

Without a doubt it is the best bargain on the market is CD-ROM Today! For
$7.95 you get a magazine with good articles and reviews and a CD-ROM that
has both IBM and MAC demos, shareware, and Internet goodies.

The IBM portion of the first disk had FAQs, selections from Project
Gutenburg, Windows clients for the Internet as well as a selection
of graphics, sounds, etc. The MAC section of the second disk contained a
selection of classic MAC shareware including a version of Mosaic, hypercard
stacks of Shakespeare and Kennedy Assassination, fonts, and much more. The
Third disc issue included a bonus disc: a demo of Leonardo.

The fourth cd-rom version of the magazine is now available and includes MAC
demos of Exploring Ancient Cities, Hyperstudio, and Baseball's Greatest Hits;
the IBM version features The Indian Question, 3D Home Architect, and Complete
Baseball (and my personal favorite: Little Monster at School in both English
and Spanish).

The magazine staff tries to select working demos of programs that run on
both MACs and IBMs such as Myst and Endangered Species. The first two
issues (April-May and June-July 1994) contain the most Internet goodies,
but all four issues are quite good.

Subscription information: 6 issues 12 issues
US $29.95 $49.95
Canada $39.95 $59.95 (Canadian $)
Elsewhere $43.95 $74.95 (US $)

Contact: CD-ROM Today
GP Publications
1350 Old Bayshore Highway, Suite 210
Burlingame, CA 94010

Back issues are $7.95 plus $1.00 postage (US$). For back issues, include
"Attn: Michelle" on the envelope.


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NEW ON THE METRONET SERVER
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My favorite file on the Metronet gopher/www server features Minnesota
related Internet services. You can learn about antiques, follow the
Vikings (football), hear the St. Olaf choir, visit local libraries, find
an internet service provider and much more via this WWW page.

Minnesota WWW, Gopher, and Telnet Connections (HTML only)
http://garnet.msen.com:70/0h/vendor/maven/mn/mn.html

Two reports dealing with the future of libraries in the Twin Cities region
are available. They make interesting companion pieces.

Capitalizing on Collaboration: Libraries & Librarians in the 1990s
gopher://garnet.msen.com/11/vendor/maven/cap

MetCouncil Library Advisory Comm. Report (135K)
gopher://garnet.msen.com/00/vendor/maven/librept.txt

The databases from the MetroLine BBS are also available on the gopher/www
server. Please note that Metronet can supply copies of items listed in
the Freebies file or MetroBriefs to local readers only.

MetroLine Databases (Calendars, Jobs, Freebies)
gopher://garnet.msen.com/11/vendor/maven/mline

The address for the server itself is:

http://garnet.msen.com:9003/
gopher://garnet.msen.com:9003/

Please let us know what you think of the gopher/www server and how we could
improve it. Comments about this newsletter are also most welcome.


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CORRECTIONS
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The last issue had a number of errors - here are the corrections.

WWW site http://www_site:port/directory/file.html
Gopher menu gopher://gopher_site:port/

Brunel's URL is http://http1.brunel.ac.uk:8080/

Special Exhibits - University of Texas, Austin - Library
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Exhibits/Exhibits.html

LYNX browser is available via anonymous FTP from
ftp2.cc.ukans.edu in the pub/lynx directory.

Nope program (IBM only) is available on the Metronet/Maven server:
gopher://garnet.msen.com:70/55/vendor/maven/biz/progs/nope.zip


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Send corrections and/or comments to:

Dana Noonan Metronet
(612) 825-9312 (612) 224-4801
(612) 224-4827 (fax)
[email protected]
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