ODDS AND ENDS : DECEMBER 1994

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Al Gore's Toolkit
More from Al Gore
Amnesty International WWW
Amnesty International Gopher
Ask-a-Geologist
Capitol Steps
CIA Web Server Available
Connecting to the Internet
Contract with America
Crime Bill on Internet
DefenseLink Available Online
How Much Does a Depository Library Cost?
EDGAR Update
Election Statistics Via Gopher
Environment Canada Web Server
EPA List Server
EPA WWW Server
Environmental Scorecard
Estimating the Number of Documents
EC Renamed European Union
FCC FTP Site
FCC WWW Site
Federal Information Center Hotline
Federally-Funded Research
Fedworld Update
The Trouble with FOIA Requests
GPO Access Progress Report
Government CD-ROMS
Govt. Periodicals Index
Govt. Pubs. for Children & Young Adults
How to Access the Fed. Govt. on the Net
IRS Web Server
IRS Web Server Part II
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Internet Newsletter
Library of Congress Digitizing
Monthly Checklist Doomed?
NASA Ames Research Center K-12 Web
NASA Public Affairs Homepage
National Marine Fisheries Service
NCJRS Launches New Gopher
NSF Launches Web Server
Overseas Business Reports
Patent Information on the Net
Planetary Explorers
Public Libraries and the Internet
RAP Line Available
SIC on the Way Out?
UK Government WWW
UN Environmental Programme WWW
UN Publications Catalog Available
United States Institute of Peace Gopher
Voice of America Gopher
Volcanoes
White House World Wide Web

AL GORE'S TOOLKIT.

Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review announces the test release of "Your TookKit to Help Reinvent Government", an inter-active World Wide Web home page. In the TookKit users will find one of the best sources of reinvention information as well as important links to the people and places working to creating a government that works better and costs less. The URL address is [http://www.npr.gov/] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 9, 1994.

MORE FROM AL GORE.

Creating a Government that Works Better and Costs Less: 1994 Status Report is a full hyper-media release from Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review. The 1994 report summarizes reinvention efforts across federal agencies during the last year. The report includes several hundred links to pictures, audio clips, as well as the NPR's extensive library of reinvention reference materials. The report is a complement part of the National Performance Review's recently released ToolKit, an interactive World Wide Web Home Page. The URL address is [http://www.npr.gov/] . URL address updated : 02/06/96.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ONLINE.

The official Amnesty International home page; URL address [http://www.io.org/amnesty/] In addition to offering information about the organization's goals, activities, publications, and membership, this site provides links to various human rights initiatives by different organizations such as the United Nations. Revised 02/06/96.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GOPHER.

In addition to news releases, the gopher provides the texts of 32 international human rights instruments. Source: Debbi Schaubman, MSU Government Documents Library, Oct. 19, 1994; gopher link added July 19, 1995 by RED TAPE editor.

ASK-A-GEOLOGIST.

Have you ever wondered about why there is so much oil in Texas, but none in your backyard? Or why Michigan is not known for its Rocky Mountains? While the answers to many of these questions might be as close as an encyclopedia, some questions are difficult to answer without checking many resources. The U.S. Geological Survey now offers a new, experimental Internet service to remedy that : Ask-a-Geologist. Send your geology questions to: (ask-a-geologist@octopus.wr.usgs.gov). For more information about the service, contact the system administrator Rex Sanders at (rex@octopus.wr.usgs.gov). Source: Internic Scout Report, November 11, 1994.

CAPITOL STEPS WWW.

Enquiring government information users demanded it! The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters, have a WWW homepage featuring music and political satire. Hear selections from recent albums (Lord of the Fries, The Joy of Sax, etc.) plus pre-releases of the latest songs. The URL address is [http://pfm.het.brown.edu/people/mende/steps/index.html] Source: Internic Scout Report, October 28, 1994.

CIA WEB SERVER.

The Central Intelligence Agency has a new web server available at [http://www.odci.gov]. In addition to some general information about the organization and the Intelligence Community, the server also contains the 1994 World Factbook and the Factbook on Intelligence. Source: Mary Parhamovich, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, GOVDOC- L, November 15, 1994; revised by RED TAPE Editor July 19, 1995.

CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET.

The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a videotape to help viewers understand the complexities involved in shopping for the hardware, software, and services needed to connect to the Interent as a host computer in order to use the powerful Internet client software. The training is oriented toward those who need occasional access and will be using a personal computer with a dial-up telephone line and an inexpensive modem. Copies of the 45-minute VHS videotape, called "Connecting to the Internet", by E. J. Christian, OF 94-570, may be obtained by sending an order to Book and Open-File Report Sales, U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Center, Box 25286, MS 306, Denver, CO 80225. The cost is $20. Add 10% to the cost if first class delivery is desired. Drafts should be made payable to "Department of Interior--USGS". Please note that the videotapes are distributed in VHS NTSC format. Source: Internic Scout Report, October 21, 1994.

THE REPUBLICAN CONTRACT WITH AMERICA.

Contains the Republican Party's mission statement and legislative agenda for the upcoming Congress. A copy can also be found on the C-Span Gopher. Source: Larry Schankman, GOVDOC-L, November 15, 1994; revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995.

CRIME BILL ON INTERNET.

The full-text of the recently signed Crime bill is available from the gopher server of C-SPAN, the cable network devoted to public affairs coverage. Source: Jeff Steinman, Internet News, October 1994; Alex George McAlmon, UNCJIN-L, September 19, 1994.

DEFENSELINK AVAILABLE ONLINE.

The Department of Defense's 24-hour, 7-day a week, public affairs online service is now available via the world wide web at [http://www.dtic.dla.mil/defenselink]. With more items in the works, DefenseLINK currently carries DoD news releases, DoD contract award announcements (for awards of $5 million or more), memoranda for correspondents, press advisories, the daily public schedules for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and transcripts of DoD news and background briefings. All releases are archived and available in three different search databases: the previous 7 days, the current month, and all previous releases. The archive began October 15, 1994. Source: Mary Parhamovich, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, GOVDOC-L, November 21, 1994.

HOW MUCH DOES A DEPOSITORY LIBRARY COST?

Do you really think that documents are free? Robert Dugan and Ellen Dodsworth at Lauinger Library at Georgetown University calculated how much it cost GPO to supply documents to their library in 1993, plus how much it cost their library to process and maintain them. According to their calculations, it cost their library $4 for every $1 spent by GPO. For more information, see "Costing Out a Depository Library : What Free Government Information?" in Government Information Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 3, 1994, pp.261-284.

EDGAR UPDATE.

Standard & Poor's has introduced a value-added, real-time, high speed digital transmission service to deliver the Securities & Exchange Commission EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) datafeed. Called S&P EDGAR, the new service takes the raw SEC feed and adds headers to facilitate identification and retrieval of each record. For more information, contact Standard & Poor's, 25 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10004. Source: Information Today, October 1994, p.2.

ELECTION INFORMATION VIA GOPHER.

The Michigan Department of Education Gopher is keeping a state tally of races. The C-Span gopher is tabulating winners and losers for Congress. Source: Grace York, Depository Libraries, November 10, 1994.

ENVIRONMENT CANADA WEB SERVER.

Includes Canada's climate and meteorological data updated daily, monthly, and seasonally. Forecasts, maps, satellite images, and weather service modernization information are all available. [http://www.on.doe.ca] Revised 02/06/96

EPA LIST SERVER.

Hungry for e-mail? To receive copies of all press releases issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, send the message "Subscribe EPA-Press Firstname Lastname" to . For information on additional lists available, send a message to (R6-LIBRARY@epamail.epa.gov). Source: GOVDOC-L, October 14, 1994.

EPA WWW SERVER AVAILABLE.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the availability of a WWW server providing public access to the EPA's public information. [http://www.epa.gov] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 30, 1994.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCORECARD.

Find out how your representatives are addressing your environmental concerns courtesy of the League of Conservation Voters. The Environmental Scorecard rates House and Senate representatives according to their voting records on critical environmental issues. [http://www.igc.apc.org/lcv/home/scorecards-menu.html] Address change noted : 02/06/96.

ESTIMATING THE NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS IN YOUR COLLECTION.

Have you ever been asked to provide an estimate of the number of documents in your collection? If you don't have actual counts, the following figures--first reported by Catherine Reynolds in DTTP, Vol. 7, no.3, pages 96 and 99--may prove helpful. 1 linear foot of paper documents = 52 pieces; 1 volume of microfiche = 11 pieces; 1 microfiche title = 2.5 pieces; 1 inch of microfiche (with envelope) = 75 pieces. Source: Jyoti P. Pandit, "Estimating Size of Collection", GOVDOC-L, October 5, 1994.

EUROPEAN UNION.

Lyonette Louis-Jacques from the University of Chicago Law Library reports that the European Communities are now known collectively as the European Union. European Union documents are available via a web server at URL: [http://www.echo.lu/]. Source : Debbi Schaubman, Government Documents Librarian, Michigan State University, September 9, 1994; "European Union Basics FAQ and other Updates", INT-LAW, Sept. 8, 1994.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FTP SITE.

The URL address is [ftp://ftp.fcc.gov/pub]. Source: Internic Scout Report, November 11, 1994.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION WORLD WIDE WEB.

The FCC has also launched a new world wide web. Users can retrieve information on F.C.C. licensing fees, a listing of the commission's staff members, and the Daily Digest, a synopsis of commission orders, news releases, public notices, and speeches by commissioners. Source: Mary Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, October 12, 1994.

FEDERAL INFORMATION CENTER HOTLINE STILL AVAILABLE.

In this day and age, everyone is trying to figure out where to find the latest government information through gopher and world wide web and the like. However some may take comfort in the fact that the venerable Federal Information Center, started by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 to "wage war on gobbledygook", is still around, handling 99,000 telephone calls in one recent month from people who had questions for the federal government and were tired of bouncing around federal switchboards and hanging on hold. In case you want to try it out, call 1-800-347-1997. Hint: choose option #5 to speak with a person. Source: Guy Gugliotta, "The Government's Answer Man", Washington Post, October 4, 1994, p. A15.

FEDERALLY-FUNDED RESEARCH.

in the United States is a series of databases that provide information about research funded by the Federal Government. These databases contain the names and addresses of principal Investigators, grant titles, abstracts, and keywords associated with grants funded by the NIH (National Institutes of Health), National Science Foundation, the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research Program), and the ATP (Advanced Technology Program). [http://medoc.gdb.org/best/fed-fund.html] Source: Internic Scout Report, November 11, 1994.

FEDWORLD UPDATE.

The October 1994 issue of Information Today (p.13-14) has an interesting database review called "Fedworld Unites Far-Flung Federal Data". It points out that Fedworld is not a universal clearinghouse for all federally produced information, concentrating instead on the same kinds of technical information found in the heavily used NTIS bibliographic database. As a result, numerous federal information-handling agencies such as the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, the Securities and Exchange Commission, to name a few, are not part of Fedworld.

THE TROUBLE WITH FOIA REQUESTS.

Terry Anderson, who spent seven years as a hostage in Beirut, decided to write a book about his experience. As part of his research efforts, he submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to a number of federal agencies asking for all files concerning his captivity and his captors. Imagine his surprise and amazement when he was informed by the Drug Enforcement Agency that he would either have to supply proof of his captors' death or an official, notorized privacy waiver from them in order to see these materials. After all, FOIA is designed to prevent unwarrented invasion of privacy! Later on, the Department of Justice decided that they would no longer invoke the terrorists' privacy rights to deny access but rely on national security concerns instead. Source: Kathleen Day, "Ex-Hostage's FOI Quest Takes a Ludicrous Turn", Washington Post, October 3, 1994, p.A17; Washington Post, October 6, 1994, p.A29.

GPO ACCESS PROGRESS REPORT

As of the fourth week of September (1994), 250 depository libraries now offer the Congressional Record and the Federal Register online to the public, or 17.8% of the total number of depository libraries, according to Jay Young. According to Young, many depository libraries are not connected to the Internet, and others, which are connected, have problems providing such a service to the public. Others may offer the same information through different access points. Source: Electronic Publishing Information Newsletter, September 23, 1994, p.139.

GOVERNMENT CD-ROMS.

When the Government Printing Office first released CD-ROM products five years ago, they came with little documentation and difficult software. Today's releases have better documentation but still fall short in the user-friendly department. Government CD-ROMs : A Practical Guide to Searching Electronic Documents Databases, edited by John Maxymuk, has essays explaining how to use such CD-ROM products as the 1987 Economic Census, the County and City Data Book, the National Trade Data Bank, and The Toxic Release Inventory. Other essays discuss setting up a multi- unit workstation and several software programs. Includes an annotated list of 125 CD-ROMs available from GPO. 324 pages; price: $47.50; isbn: 0-88736-887-5; publisher: Mecklermedia. Source: American Libraries, September 1994, p. 762.

GOVERNMENT PERIODICALS INDEX NOW ONLINE.

The U.S. Government Periodicals Index is now available online via RLG's CitaDel citation and document delivery service. The initial GPI release includes more than 5500 articles published between October 1993 and March 1994 and will be updated quarterly with approximately 2500 new entries. Full 1993 data will be added later this year, and data for 1992 shortly thereafter. For more information, contact Research Libraries Group, 1200 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. Source: Information Today, October 1994, p.11.

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS.

B. J. Swartz and Karen J. Zimmerman wrote a wonderful article in the August 1989 School Library Journal entitled "Hidden Treasure : Government Documents for Children and Teens". Diana Gonzalez Kirby has written an update entitled "Smokey & Company : Children's Materials in U.S. Government Documents" in the August 1994 issue. Source: DocSoup, October 1994, p.3.

HOW TO ACCESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE INTERNET.

Bruce Maxwell has announced that he is completing work on a companion work to How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin Boards mentioned in the last issue of RED TAPE. The new book, which will contain descriptions of nearly 300 federal government Internet sites, should be published by Congressional Quarterly in May 1995 and will also cost $19.95. Source: Bruce Maxwell, e-mail: , GOVDOC-L, November 8, 1994.

THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WEB SERVER.

can be reached at [http://www.ustreas.gov/treasury/bureaus/irs/irs.html]. You may want to check it out to see if it carries all the normal IRS forms that people request. Source: Arlene Weible, Willamette University, GOVDOC-L, November 23, 1994.

THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WEB SERVER PART II.

To make use of the IRS forms, you will need the viewer/printer program available via the same server or ftp at ftp.adoble.com. A word of warning however--it's 1.4+ meg! Sources: John H. Taylor, Duke University, GOVDOC-L, November 28, 1994; Doug Taylor, Jacksonville State University, GOVDOC_L, November 29, 1994.

THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION,

the telecom policy making arm of the UN, based in Geneva, Switzerland, can be reached directly via the ITU HOME PAGE [http://info.itu.ch] or via the ITU GOPHER. [gopher://info.itu.ch:70/]. Source: Internic Scout Report, November 11, 1994; revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995.

INTERNET NEWSLETTER.

Bernan is planning its first issue of the Internet Connection: Your Guide to Government Resources. This newsletter, to be published 10 times a year, will be devoted to informing Internet users on how to locate and make best use of the wealth of government information on the Internet. To receive a free copy of the sample issue or for information on a subscription, contact Bernan by telephone (1-800-274-4447), fax (301-459-0056), or by electronic mail (query@bernan.kruas.com).

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITIZING.

Few people have ever seen the rarer treasures of the Library of Congress such as the Brady photographs of the Civil War, listened to wax cylinder recordings of early American songs, or traced changes on the American frontier by studying the original maps it stores. With the help of other institutions nationwide, the Library of Congress hopes to use electronic technology to change all that. On October 13, the Library of Congress will unveil a multimillion-dollar National Digital Library project which will hopefully place 5 million rare American artifacts on the Internet by the year 2000. For more information, take a look at the front page of the October 10th Washington Post.

MONTHLY CHECKLIST OF STATE PUBLICATIONS DOOMED?

According to Edward Malone, Head, State Documents Division, the Library of Congress is considering discontinuing the Monthly Checklist of State Publications. Contributing factors include: budgetary restrictions, declining number of subscriptions, availability of information elsewhere. Source: Susan E. Tulis, "Monthly Checklist of State Pubs", GOVDOC-L, October 31, 1994.

NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER K-12 WORLD WIDE WEB SERVER.

According to the homepage screen, this WWW server's mission is to provide support and services for schools, teachers, and students to fully utilize the Internet, and its underlying information technologies, as one of the basic tools of learning and acquiring knowledge. Contains links to HPCC and K-12 Internet Projects, partner schools, and other NASA resources on the Internet. [http://quest.arc.nasa.gov] For an extensive listing of K-12 and teacher resources, click here. [http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/OER/] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 16, 1994; revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995 and February 9, 1996.

NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS HOMEPAGE.

Do you know why Congress created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958? NASA's directives are to conduct aeronautical and space "activities"; create a science program using aeronautical and space vehicles, and inform the public as widely as posible about agency activities and their benefits. The homepage contains images, sound and text to explain what NASA does and why, and has links to many other NASA pages. [http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/hqpao/hqpao_home.html] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 23, 1994.

NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE WEB SERVER.

Includes links to the NOAA home page as well as links to National Marine Fisheries Science Centers and NMFS related sites. In addition, the books Our Living Oceans Annual Report 1993 and Index for Fisheries of the U.S. - 1992 are available online. [http://kingfish.ssp.nmfs.gov/home-page.html] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 16, 1994.

NCJRS GOPHER.

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) has launched a new gopher to help information seekers locate information about the agency, its services, and products. For more information, contact William T. Browning, Internet/Bulletin Board Coordinator, NCJRS, at (301) 251-5507 or . Try the NCJRS HOME PAGE too. Source: "New NCJRS Gopher, TXDXN-L, October 7, 1994; revised by RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995

NSF LAUNCHES WEB SERVER.

The National Science Foundation announces its WWW Home Page which includes the Guide to Programs and the Grants Proposal Guide. These documents provide information on program initiatives at NSF, along with instructions for preparing and submitting proposals, biographies of NSF officials, weekly "What's New" pages, and a link to NSF's publications database are also accessible. [http://stis.nsf.gov/] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 9, 1994.

OVERSEAS BUSINESS REPORTS.

Wondering what happened to the Overseas Business Reports series (C61.12:)? According to the Department of Commerce, they will no longer be distributed in paper format; however, they can still be located on the National Trade Data Bank CD-ROM. Source: Laurie Hall, LPS, GPO, GOVDOC-L, October 4, 1994.

PATENT INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET.

The September 1994 issue of Bernan Government Publications News has an article on searching for patent information over the Internet. For more information, contact Jeff Steinman, Bernan Publishing, electronic mail address (jsteinmn@bernan.kraus.com).

PLANETARY EXPLORERS.

may wish to take a peek at one of NASA's most popular home pages, WELCOME TO THE PLANETS, on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory world wide web. It contains a collection of over 200 of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program, including major planets, small bodies, and space craft used to make the images. This collection has been extracted from the interactive program "Welcome to the Planets" which will be distributed on the Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM in November 1994. For more information contact Mark Takacs at (tak@jpl.nasa.gov). [http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/] Source: Mary Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, October 12, 1994.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND THE INTERNET.

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) recently released a 62- page report called Public Libraries and the Internet: Study Results, Policy Issues, and Recommendations. Findings include: (1) Approximately 21% of U.S. public libraries are currently connected to the Internet. (2) Public libraries serving larger communities are more likely to have Internet connections. (3) Public libraries primarily use the Internet to access federal information resources, answer reference questions, and perform inter-library loan transactions. For a free copy of the report, contact Cherylene Rollerson, NCLIS, 1110 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Ste. 820, Washington, D.C. 20005-3522 or call (202) 606-9200. Source: Jeff Steinman, Internet News, October 1994.

RAP LINE AVAILABLE.

RAP is the Report All Poaching line of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Call 1-800-292-7800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to report violations of wildlife- protection laws to an on-duty conservation officer. It gets your tip into the right hands immediately so that a game officer may be able to intervene in time. As it turns out, October was a particularly deadly month for a bald eagle and three trumpeter swans in Michigan--all shot by .22 rifles. Source: Detroit Free Press, November 15, 1994, p.4F.

STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION CODE ENDANGERED?

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a proposal to replace the Standard Industrial Classification code with a new system -- The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)--providing common industry definitions for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. For more information, see the July 26th Federal Register. Source: Kenneth M. Liss, GOVDOC-L, October 19, 1994.

UK GOVERNMENT INFO.

The UK government is now on the web. Complete with a photo of Big Ben. [http://www.open.gov.uk/] Source: Internic Scout Report, October 28, 1994.

UNEP WWW.

.The United Nations Environment Programme's Office of Harmonization of Environmental Measurement (UNEP-HEM) has established a new world wide web site to make access to environmental information easier globally. [http://www.gsf.de/UNEP/index.html] For more information, send an e-mail to (unephem@gsf.de). Source: UNEP-INFOTERRA, October 31, 1994, via Debbi Schaubman, Government Documents Library, Michigan State University.

UN PUBLICATIONS CATALOG AVAILABLE.

For a copy of the 200-page 1994/95 United Nations Publications Catalog, call (800) 253-9646. The 1994/95 catalog includes all sales items that are currently available from United Nations Publications and replaces the previous catalog issued for 1992/93. Also ask to be placed on the mailing list for the bi-monthly "Catalogue Update".

UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE GOPHER.

The United States Institute of Peace, an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created in 1984 and still funded by Congress to promote international peace, has set up a gopher to provide public information about its programs. For more information about the Institute of Peace, contact Wilson Grabill, Office of Public Affairs and Information, (202) 429-3809 (office). His e-mail address is (wilson_grabil@usip.org). Try the UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE HOME PAGE too. Source: Internic Scout Report, September 30, 1994; revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995 and February 2, 1996.

VOICE OF AMERICA GOPHER.

Voice of America digests and other related information can be found at the following gopher address: [gopher://gopher.voa.gov]. [While perusing this gopher, I came across a November 9 posting stating that the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia opened in the Hague this week, the first international court since the Nuremberg Trials at the close of World War II. Some of you may recall the presentation made by Natalie Nenadic at our May 19, 1994 Godort of Michigan meeting.] Source: Walter L. Newsome, University of Virginia Library, GOVDOC-L, October 25, 1994.

VOLCANOES.

The Cascades Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological Survey has announced a WWW server offering information on volcanically-induced geologic and hydrologic hazards as well as images of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena. Includes links to their components of the USGS Volcano Hazards program such as the Alaska and Hawaii Volcano observatory and the international Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. [http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/home.html] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 23, 1994.

WHITE HOUSE WORLD WIDE WEB AVAILABLE.

"In an effort to make government information more readily accessible to the citizens across the country, Vice President Gore...today (10/20) unveiled the first interactive, multimedia, electronic citizens' handbook on the White House, including detailed information about Cabinet-level and independent agencies, and information about the First Family and the White House. Welcome to the White House: An Interactive Citizens' Handbook provides a single point of access to all electronic government information on the Internet, a vast electronic computer network used by people in more than 150 countries. Examples of accessible material demonstrated at today's event include information about the President and Vice President and their families, a virtual tour of the White House, detailed information about Cabinet-level and independent agencies, a subject-searchable index of federal information, and a map of Washington, D.C." [http://www.whitehouse.gov] Source: Internic Scout Report, October 21, 1994.

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