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Re: OLIAS Web Index, circa 1994 by HAL Computer Systems

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:20:41 -0500
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Thanks for sharing Dan. I personally hope we are moving to a world
where "republishing for the purpose of historical preservation"
becomes more common on the Web, and relied upon.

Those instructions for getting SunOS 4.1.1 running you found are truly
epic. If you do get OLIAS running again, please let us know. The
situation reminds me a bit of the "data ages like wine, applications
age like fish" adage...and how important portable and self documenting
data formats are to digital preservation. Hopefully virtualization
technologies like TME will increasingly turn our code into data.

//Ed

On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM, Dan Connolly <dckc@madmode.com> wrote:
> Hi Lyle and Web History community,
>
> In preparation for the 1994 Seybold Seminar, a few months after Mark
> Gaither and I wrapped James Clark's SGML parser in a CGI script to
> create the first online HTML markup validation service, the OLIAS team
> at Hal Software Systems put together an Index to the World Wide Web.
>
> Presuming license to re-publish for the purpose of historical
> preservation, I ripped a copy and put it online:
>
>   OLIAS.iso 337M
>   md5sum: de687dc2d49aa3a4d6dc7d7676411ec8
>   http://people.w3.org/~connolly/1994-olias/OLIAS.iso
>
> The index format is highly optimized for minimal seeking on a CD, and
> hence incomprehensible without running OLIAS itself:
>
>   The OLIAS Web Index demonstration software ... requires a Sun SPARC
> workstation running SunOS 4.1.x ...
>
> For the curious, my blog write-up has a few more details:
>
>   OLIAS Web Index, circa 1994
>   http://www.madmode.com/2012/olias-web-index.html
>
>
> --
> Dan Connolly
> http://www.madmode.com/
>
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