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Robert W. Georgantas III rgeorgan at cnsnet.com
Wed May 21 07:58:37 EST 1997

Announcing the SCIENCE GUIDE.

A New Internet Directory and Information Service run by Scientists and
for Scientists and Physicians.  After becoming frustrated with the
absurd number of returned “hits”  generated by the big search engines
when searching for science site, and the listings of frivolous sites
listed under Science in the large directories, a small number of
graduate students at Johns Hopkins University started the Science Guide
as a serious resource for scientists and others looking for information
and communicative opportunities on the Internet.

The Science Guide consists of a number of different sections designed to
help the scientist and physician find information on the internet and to
sponsor communication between those interested in science:


Every day the Science Guide compiles medical and research news from
national news sources around the net.  Most of the news articles are
concerned with medicine, bioscience, and physics, but all other sciences
from agriculture to zoology are commonly included. News sources
currently listed include: CNN, EurekAlert, HMS Beagle, MSNBC Sci-Tech,
Science Magazine’s ScienceNow, CBS Space News, USA Today, The
Albuquerque Journal, Newsfile, Scientific American Web Weekly, The Why
Files, Discover Magazine, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and
The Technology Review.  The news pages also list links to news sources
not compiled within the News site.  We are currently working on adding a
number of other sources to the site to make it even more useful and

To make getting science news even easier, we send out a DAILY NEWS
EMAILER listing the articles which have been compiled on our site. 
Anyone can subscribe to the Emailer by sending an email to
news at scienceguide.com with the message “Subscribe”.  The Daily Emailer
contains the title of the story, a short description, and the URL of the
story.  Users can very easily access the stories by using the Science
Guide’s News Pages, clicking on the URL in their email program (such as
Eudora Pro), or by copying the URL to their browser window.


The large search engines and directory services currently servicing the
web are the worst places to look for scientific sites.  They usually
provide only inadequate descriptions of the listed (or found) sites, and
there is no filtering process to exclude frivolous sites claiming to
provide scientific information.  On the other hand, there are literally
hundreds of “micro” directories maintained by professional scientists
that do an exceptional job of finding, rating, and filtering internet
sites that would be of interest to their colleagues.  Unfortunately
these small directories are usually very difficult to find for the
casual web user.  The Science Guide maintains a directory of these
micro-directories, sorted by scientific discipline, thereby making them
very easy for a scientist to find.


The Directory of Usenet and Discussion Groups is compiled quarterly from
different sources around the net to provide the scientist and those
interested in science easy access to these invaluable sources of
discourse and information.  We are currently working on finding the
proper subscription method for each of the discussion lists.  This is
taking a bit longer that we thought so please pardon our dust.  The
Usenet portions of this section are complete.


The Journals Section contains links to peer reviewed scientific journals
on the Internet.  Each listing clearly indicates whether the journal
provides only the table of contents, TOC with abstracts, or the full
text of the journal.  We will soon be adding indicators to delineate
those journals charging for access.


The Jobs and Positions Section contains hyperlinks to the best
Scientific Employment Databases and Classifieds on the net.  


The funding section contains links to the best funding and grant
databases on the Internet, making it very easy for scientists to quickly
find funding opportunities.  The featured site of the section is “The
Community of Science,” a Johns Hopkins service designed to help
scientists find and continue funding.

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