Internet Scout Project, which is funded through the National Science Foundation and is located in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Computer Sciences Department, is charged with assisting in the development of resource discovery on the Internet. The Scout Report Signpost contains only the best Internet resources, as chosen by the editorial staff of the Scout Report, which have been cataloged and organized for efficient browsing and searching. Signpost, which debuted in June of 1997, is a proof-of-concept and is designed to guide U.S. higher education to quality electronic resources. The majority of resources reviewed are free and freely accessible. More detailed information on Scout Report selection criteria is available.
The Scout Report Signpost also demonstrates that Internet Resources can be cataloged, classified, and arranged using existing taxonomies such as the Library of Congress Classification Scheme and the Library of Congress Subject Headings in concert with the emerging metadata standard known as the Dublin Core..
Note: Quick Search, via an Excite for Web Servers engine, searches all Scout Report summaries (early Scout Reports sometimes simply noted a new service being available; these notations are not included). Additionally, Advanced Search (which allows fielded text searching), Browse by Subject Headings, and Browse by Library of Congress Classification currently search on some 2,655 Scout Report summaries. This number is being increased weekly as items are cataloged for inclusion.
Several articles have been written about the Scout Report Signpost and related research at the Internet Scout Project:
Glassel, Aimee. "Was Ranganathan a Yahoo!?" InterNIC News (March 1998). Complete article available at http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/toolkit/enduser/archive/1998/euc-9803.html
Glassel, Aimee and Amy Tracy Wells. "Scout Report Signpost: Design and Development for Access to Cataloged Internet Resources." Journal of Internet Cataloging 1, no. 3 (1997):15-45. Abstract available at http://jic.libraries.psu.edu/jic1nr3.html
Roszkowski, Mike and Christopher Lukas. "A Distributed Architecture for Resource Discovery Using Metadata." D-Lib Magazine (June 1998). Complete article available at http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june98/scout/06roszkowski.html
Wells, Amy Tracy. "A Scout Report Signpost Look at One Aspect of Metadata - Resource Type." InterNIC News (November 1997). Complete article available at http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/toolkit/enduser/archive/1997/euc-9711.html
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