Sites of the world

5th January 1996 at 00:00
At the top of each page on the World Wide Web in the Internet is a line of code which is the address of that page. It is called an URL. Good URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) are the gold of the Internet: they cost money to find and an important one can be invaluable. They are worth sharing.

The great flaw in the Internet so far is that publicising a site is very difficult and often the existence of a good site will be disseminated in an underground kind of way.

If you find one of the addresses here that you would like to try, simply copy the address - exactly as you see it - into the box at the top of the World Wide Web page, press the Enter key and, if everything is working well, it will take you to the location.

Search engines are the key to opening up the information stored away. Some of the best ones are featured on the Netscape Home page. Inexplicably, few people have come across Opentext. This site in Canada opens up some very powerful search facilities and the documents it has indexed runs into millions. Inktomi is a new contender in the search engine field. Why do we need more than one? Quite simply, they are all producing different results.There is something in the programming of Inktomi which makes it locate documents that none of the others seem to find. Samizdat is an American site which is run by an Internet evangelist called Richard Seltzer. He has a particular feeling both for the Utopian aspects of the Internet and for education. His work has been recognised as one of the 50 Best Web Sites in the World, according to Net Guide, September 1995. It has also been chosen as The Best Personal Home Page of 1995, according to Internet World magazine . The Library Service in Birmingham, Alabama, is the home of Cool Tools for Schools. It is a splendid site which has collected together pointers to resources, one or two of which you will almost certainly find compelling. The Visible Human project is "collecting transverse images of representative male and female cadavers at one millimetre intervals". Each time I have seen people using the site, they exhibit a kind of voyeuristic distaste overlaid with fascination. For those with a more scholarly disposition, the site is where you can see a cadaver which in the interest of science has been sliced up into sections. http:www.nlm.nih.govextramuraly research.dirvisible human.html Also edging towards the ghoulish is the site about Egyptian mummies. The approach is very scholarly and it is a fascinating 3-D reconstruction of an ancient Egyptian mummy using X-ray computer technology. Haiku is a form of writing which retains its popularity partly because of its brevity. The minimalist poems are ideally suited to the screen size of a computer and if you want to see a whole place devoted to this form of writing then visit: http:www.oslonett.nohomekeitoyhaiku.html Voyager is one of the most innovative of American software companies. The design of its pages is also interesting. It is one of those places where you can't quite decide if design has triumphed over content.

http:www.voyagerco.cominterfacegallery.cgi The National Council for Educational Technology site has many useful items. Virtually every NCETpublication that has been sent to schools is available in electronic form at the site. All the IT national curriculum guidance material is there. OBS (Open Book Systems) in the United States is one of the most innovative companies on the Internet. Long extracts from the Nelson Mandela autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, are available here, with links built in so you can access topical news from South Africa and update yourself on Mandela's activities since the book was written. Images in all forms are a strong feature of the Internet. Kodak, of course, has been in the image business longer than most and its site has some splendid offerings for free downloading.

http:www.kodak.comdigitalImagessamplessamples.shtml Caistor, near Norwich, is the subject of this site which explores its Roman past. If you are studying this period of history, you will almost certainly find something here. html Sonia Crisp, head of a primary school on the Berkshire Downs, is responsible for one of the most creative school sites in Britain. The Canada-based Children's Literature Web Guide calls itself the Guide to Internet Resources Related to Books for Children and Young Adults.

http:www.ucalgary.dkbrownindex.html hash hash books Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has pioneered many innovations in recent years. Go to the site, choose an electronic post card and send it to a friend. Finally, can you resist a site which labels itself "The Ancient World Web: The Ultimate Index of All Things Ancient"? To say that it is comprehensive would be an understatement.


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