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TK 5105.55 Computer Network Protocols. Standards. General Works

Standards (and 37 Cross References)

Summary:
Standards offers "...information about the developing global information infrastructure or 'IWay' (currently [presented on] the Internet)." The site features a directory to computer standards information and a listing of thirty-eight links to information on American Standards Cross References.
Noteworthy site links are provided at the top of the main page: (1) site FAQ's; (2) adding a URL; (3) advertising information; (4) general information; (5) registration (for updating an entry); and (6) reviews of Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte and Marty Asher. Also present in this area are a keyword search field and links to searching options and a detailed search form.
The site's main page offers an alphabetical directory to computer standards information; users should scroll to view site contents. Within this area, major subject categories noted are the following: (1) ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line); (2) ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode); (3) CORBA; (4) Ethernet; (5) FCS (Fibre Channel Standard); (6) FDDI; (7) Frame Relay; (8) HIPPI; (9) HTML; (10) IEEE 1394; (11) IP Next Generation; (12) ISDN; (13) MIME; (14) MPEG; (15) MPI; (16) SCI (Scalable Coherent Interface); (17) SCSI; (18) SMDS; (19) SONET; (20) STEP; (21) TCP; and (22) USENET. In the standards directory, 113 major categories are found, with sublistings present for most topics; users should consult the site for complete listings. Each title noted in the directory is a direct link to the WWW.
To view cross references, the user should select this link from the site's main page, noted at the top of the standards directory. Users will then find an alphabetical list of American Standards Cross References; scrolling allows for viewing of the 38 titles. Each entry features a description; titles are direct links to the WWW. The site is sponsored by James E. Donnelley; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Livermore, California.
To Search:
To view standards, scroll through directory within site's main page. To view cross references, select link on main page. In all cases, titles are direct links to the WWW.

TK 5105.875 .I57 Wide Area Networks. Internet

African Internet Infrastructure Information

Summary:
The Africa Internet Infrastructure Information site is a directory to information on Internet access, providers, and customers within Africa. The user is provided a comprehensive listing in each of these categories, available through the main menu.
Users can receive data on the following: internet connectivity in Africa; a table of internet service providers within Africa; a worldwide listing of internet service providers; as well as meeting and conference notes from the APC, a division of the Media Institute of South Africa. The first offering reveals a full-color map, each color reflecting the method or means of internet access. The listings of African and worldwide internet providers are large documents and take much time to access. Browsing through the meeting and presentation notes reveals their topics for the user.
Users can browse the site's database through a listing of: ISP (Internet service providers) charges; people in the internet (e-mail listings); countries; and a listing of service providers. A complete list of African nations also allows access for users with a particular geographical focus.
The site is maintained by Mike Jensen, APC, a division of the Media Institute of South Africa (MISA); Johannesburg, South Africa.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from main menu and follow screen links to view records. Or browse database through category selection or through country listing.


Computers and Networks in International Development

Summary:
Computers and Networks in International Development is a directory of WWW links to "...organizations and resources concerned with computers and networking in developing countries. In many cases, the descriptions have been clipped from the text of the host pages." The site features two links, on its main page, to specific regional links within developing nations, as well as links to organizations that provide computers and their supplies to developing countries.
Upon accessing the link for computer providers of software and hardware to developing countries, the user will find an alphabetical listing, with each company noted in a paragraph-long description. Details within each narrative include: a profile of the company; its business focus; countries and focal regions of service; hardware and software foci; as well as a contact individual's name and phone number. Titles of companies do not provide access to the WWW. Regional specific links apply to the following areas: Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, India, the Middle East, and South America. Access to a region's listings occur via the region's name at the top of this access page. Users may also browse through the complete listings, finding companies in an alphabetical order, each with a short description of its make-up and provided services. The title of each company is a WWW link to more detailed information.
Below the center area of access points in the site's first page are the main listings of the directory. Alphabetically ordered, they provide company profiles and emphasize each business's region of concern and the software/hardware foci. Titles in this area are WWW links.
The site was developed and is maintained by Cliff Missen, Department of Physiology and Biophysics; the University of Ia; Iowa City, Iowa.
To Search:
Select provider companies link or region specific link from center of main page. Follow onscreen links to view detailed records. Or browse through main listings, starting at bottom of first page. Titles are links to the WWW.

Facilitating Internetworking in Africa: Proposal by The Internet Society

Summary:
Facilitating Internetworking in Africa: Proposal by The Internet Society is a document of the United Nations Development Program for Sustainable Human Development (UNDP) which outlines the "...development of the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) in Africa by installing new connections to the Internet in twenty African states over the next three years, as well as by expanding and improving upon existing African networking links."
Upon accessing the site, the user must scroll to view the contents of the document. Major topics offered within the text include: (1) Introduction; (2) "Why Africa ?"; (3) "Benefits of Networking"; (4) "Constraints Working in Developing Countries"; (5) "Strategies for Networking"; (6) "A Model for Networking Development"; (7) "Project Phases"; (8) "Creating Self-Sustaining National Networks"; (9) "Project Evaluation"; and (10) "Project Principals." Users should consult the site for the entire topics listing within the text.
The proposal and its site are sponsored by the Internet Society of the United Nations Development Program for Sustainable Human Development; New York, New York.
To Search:
Scroll through proposal to view contents.


Glossary: Internet Terminology

Summary:
Glossary: Internet Terminology is a division of the Interactive Electronic Serials Cataloging Aid (IESCA) of the Northwestern University Library. IESCA is a tool which "...provides ready access to cataloging rules, interpretations, examples of MARC bibliographic records in serial and computer file formats linked to instructional annotations, and a glossary of cataloging and computer terminology." The site is designed to "...instruct serials cataloguers how to catalog electronic serials on the Internet."
The present glossary is viewed by scrolling; users will find each noted term identified with an extensive description. Some glossary entries feature links to other terms within the resource. At the bottom of the glossary entries is a link to the glossary homepage.
The site is sponsored by the Interactive Electronic Serials Cataloging Aid (IESCA); Northwestern University Library; Chicago, Illinois.
To Search:
Scroll to view glossary contents.

ILC Glossary of Internet Terms

Summary:
ILC Glossary of Internet Terms is a resource sponsored by Internet Literary Consultants (ILC), whose mission is to "...help people understand and use the Internet (and related technologies) to further their own agendas."
At the top of the site's main page are links to the ILC homepage, the URL for this site, an e-mail area to the site's creator, and the site disclaimer. Below this area is an alphabetical index; users can select a letter category to view holdings or scroll to view the site. Within a letter category, terms are alphabetized, with each term having an extensive definition. For some terms, links to other words within the glossary are provided at the closing of the entry.
A link to the ILC homepage is found at the bottom of the site's main page. The site is sponsored by Internet Literary Consultants (ILC); San Francisco, California.
To Search:
Select letter category to view holdings; or browse through site.

Index to Multimedia Information Sources

Summary:
Index to Multimedia Information Sources is a directory to multimedia information sources on the WWW compiled by the GMD, German National Research Center for Information Technology.
At the top of the site, the user will find general information and site links: (1) date of last update; (2) homepage URL (for this site); (3) sponsor (link to homepage of GMD); (4) editors links; (5) e-mail site editors; and (6) site user counter. Users should scroll to view site contents; first encountered is the recent changes area; titles are not in alphabetical order but are direct links to the WWW. Below this area is the site's table of contents.
Noted topics within the site's table of contents are: (1) FAQs, guides, and tutorials; (2) Software; (3) Downloadable binaries and executables; (4) Media delivery services and trials; (5) Media archives; (6) Research; (7) Conference proceedings; (8) Conference announcements and call for papers; (9) Bibliographies; (10) Newsgroup archives; (11) Standards; (12) Companies and commercial services; and (13) Miscellaneous information. The site can be viewed by scrolling or by selecting a topic from this group to move directly to its contents. Within a given topic, sites are listed alphabetically by title, with each title serving as a link to the WWW. Each entry offers a listing of products and services for reference.
The site is maintained by Simon Gibbs and Gabor Szentivanyi; German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD); Sankt Augustin, Germany.
To Search:
Select topic from table of contents to view holdings; titles of sites are direct links to the WWW.

International E-mail Accessibility FAQ

Summary:
International E-mail Accessibility FAQ is a guide to obtaining information about e-mail and Internet access worldwide, based on the user's area of interest. The site reflects WWW servers in the user's specified areas. Users should note that the site is an updated version of its previous form, entitled, Usenet FAQ: International E-mail accessibility.
At the top of the main page are links to areas of intrest to the site. Users can access the site's previous version, a full-text model, under the "text version" link. Further server information found on the WWW appears under the second link, "other databases." The "chronological archive" reflects a Gopher version of the site; those wishing to register information with the site have a provided form, accessible in the fourth link, "new provider template entry form." A chronological listing of recent additions and deletions is found under its respective link; details on the site's creation appear with the "credits" topic. Lastly, a link to the sponsoring site, the Imperial College Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, is located within this top menu.
Moving past this area, the user comes to a world map, with regions specified for searching. Selecting a region then reveals a more detailed map of the area. Country codes reflected in this map level have been derived from the International Organization for Standardization standard ISO 3166. Once a country has been chosen, the screen will reveal a list of WWW sites for further information about Internet providers and servers.
The site is maintained by Oliver Crepin-LeBlond; the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Imperial College, London University; London, England.
To Search:
Select information topic of interest from top menu; follow onscreen links to view desired records. Or select region from world map; then specify country area to view provided listings. Each title is a direct link to the WWW.


NetAccess Worldwide

Summary:
NetAccess Worldwide is a service which lists "...internet access providers [companies] that sell connection (via modems or othe[r] high speed connections) to [the] internet network." The site's creator encourages users to provide information on additions to site holdings or on updated information concerning site links to the WWW.
Scrolling past introductory information on the site, the user finds a listing of continents: Africa, America --Central and South, America -- North (under construction), Asia, Europe-- Central, Europe -- Eastern, Europe-- Western, Middle east, and Pacific Rim. To activate a site search, the user must select a region from this master list. In turn, a listing of countries is displayed; selecting a second region then provides a list of internet providers in that area, listed alphabetically. Each provider record contains: (1) the name of the company or organization; (2) business address; (3) phone and fax numbers; (4) a contact individual and e-mail address; (5) a description of provided service; and (6) a description of individuals served by the company (government, business, etc.).
Past the list of continents on the main page are more links of interest. The "latest information" area details recent additions to the site, giving full records of providers and the dates of their inclusion. "Other related sites" offers a list of WWW sites devoted to Internet access. Titles here are links to the WWW. At the bottom of the site's main page are information links, for accessing a background (general information) area for the site, a sign-up area for those interested in being a nation's section leader, an area for access instructions via FTP, Gopher, and UseNet, a text version of the continents' list, an update form (for providers listed in the site), and instructions for subscribing to the site's files.
The site is maintained by Benoit Lips; Digital Aid Design, Incorporated (DAD).
To Search:
Select continent of interest from site's main page; then select division of continent for listings display. Titles are direct links to the WWW.


Survey of International Internet Connectivity

Summary:
The Survey of International Internet Connectivity is an information source of the NASA Science Internet Program, which "...provides computer networking services, management, and operations support, and technical assistance to authorized users throughout NASA centers and research institutions worldwide." The site is a compilation of correspondence from "...network collaborators and systems managers" which is intended to compliment other similar surveys, targetting the general science and education community.
At the top of the site's main page are links to the site creator, the NASA Science Internet Program, and the headquarters for NASA. Below this area is general information on the site; regional links are also offered to Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South and Central America. Access is also given to NSI and other internet links, the NSI international map, and an NSI operations display.
To view internet connectivity information, the user should select a region of interest and then select a country from that region. The nation's complete information page is then displayed, offering: (1) Internet points of contact; (2) K-12 points of contact; and (3) other servers. Users should scroll to view a country's complete page and will find links to further information on the page. The "NSI and other internet links" area gives information on primary international hubs for NSI (NASA Science Internet), detailing: (1) TCP/IP hubs; (2) DECNET; (3) major internet links for the Atlantic and Pacific regions (both existing and planned links); (4) US network service providers and network attachment points; (5) major internet links within the Americas; and (6) links to maps. A color map of NSI systems is found under the "map" links; the display offers a key to featured symbols. Lastly, NSI operations images are viewed through the "NSI operations display" link.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the Internet Society, the Network Startup Resource center (NSRC), and a user feedback area. The site is maintained by Anthony Villasenor; manager of the NASA Science Internet (NSI) Program; NASA headquarters; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select regional link; select country within region to view connectivity information. Other links provided to NSI information resources.

User's Guide to Electronic Networks in Africa

Summary:
The User's Guide to Electronic Networks in Africa is the online, second, revised version of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Sub-Saharan Africa Program's publication, User's Guide to Electronic Networks in Africa. The site details information concerning Internet networks and systems in Africa.
Information on contacting AAAS and e-mailing the site's creators is provided with a link at the top of the site's main page. Below this area is the table of contents for the site: (1) overview of electronic networks; (2) glossary; (3) basics on electronic networks; and (4) index (alphabetical by country). The first topic provides information on the site's scope, history, and contents. The second area offers a glossary of electronic network terms; users should scroll to view listings in this area. The third link offers basic information on electronic networks, discussing topics such as: computer networks, security concerns, viruses, costs, modems, Fidonet and UUCP, types of networks, e-mail, store and forward systems, and access methods.
When accessing the index, users will find an alphabetical listing of all African nations; selecting a nation of interest then reveals a list of networks for that area, each of which is a direct link to viewing records on the network. A complete network entry contains: name of network; description of the network (history, coverage, access); frequency of connection; fees; user base; and contact information (address, telephone, fax, and e-mail information). At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the AAAS Sub-Saharan Africa Program, the AAAS Directorate for International Programs, and the AAAS homepage.
The site is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from site's main page; follow onscreen links to view desired records.
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