[Sorry about that subscribe request :-( gizmo% vrfy -vve email@example.com expn 'firstname.lastname@example.org' at 'w3.org' connecting to w3.org (184.108.40.206) port 25 <<< 220 www10.w3.org ESMTP Sendmail 8.7.5/8.7.3; Thu, 1 May 1997 08:01:46 -0400 (EDT) >>> EXPN email@example.com <<< 250 <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com> >>> QUIT <<< 221 www10.w3.org closing connection] Dan Connolly suggested that I forward this message on, in case you didn't see it on any of the other mailing lists I spammed it around yesterday. Martin-- BEGIN included message.
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- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: European WWW indexing coordination
- From: Martin Hamilton <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 16:29:03 +0100
- From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Apr 29 16: 29:04 1997[Apologies for cross-posting :-)] TF-CHIC: TERENA Task Force on Cooperative Hierarchical Indexing Coordination When a user wishes to find specific information on the World-Wide Web today a common approach is to use one of the established commercial search engines such as AltaVista, Lycos, or WebCrawler. The majority of these services make inefficient use of international bandwidth by running their data gathering robots across the commodity Internet from central sites (typically in the United States), and by requiring end users to connect to these central sites in order to perform searches. Whilst World-Wide Web indexing and searching would appear to be major consumers of international bandwidth, little hard information on the cost of these activities is available. In addition to these commercial services, a number of local, regional and topical WWW indexes have been created, as grass-roots volunteer projects or with public funding. These are of particular interest to the academic and research community because they can provide a higher signal to noise ratio in search results, and in several cases employ advanced techniques such as distributed data gathering and searching so as to make more effective use of network bandwidth. In order that the current situation and possibilities for future development be better understood, a TERENA task force has been formed. This will initially be: (a) gathering statistics on the usage of WWW search engines from proxy cache server and network managers. (b) gathering statistics on robot activity from HTTP server administrators. (c) identifying existing grass-roots WWW indexing and searching initiatives, and the potential for coordination. (d) identifying technologies currently in use for distributed indexing and searching, and emerging technologies. Whilst this effort is primarily aimed at members of the European academic and research community, any constructive participation would be very welcome. Please feel free to forward this message on to anyone who might be interested. You can join the task force's mailing list by sending email to: email@example.com containing only the text: subscribe tf-chic My Name replacing "My Name" as appropriate. As the task force progresses, we will be putting our findings up on the TERENA WWW server, at: <URL:http://www.terena.nl/task-forces/tf-chic/> Our first face to face meeting will be just before the Joint European Networking Conference, on the morning of May 11th in Edinburgh, UK. Cheers! Martin Hamilton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sigfrid Lundberg <email@example.com> -TF-CHIC co-chairs
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