This page contains a various document that we consider relevant for the NIII. Please advise us of any good documents that we may have missed.
In his ``As We May Think'', published in the July 1945 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Dr. Vannevar Bush first introduces the idea of hypertext. He described a device called memex in which an ``individual stores his books, records and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.'' The essential feature of a memex is its ability to tie two items together and to build trails through the information record. In this seminal article, the then Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development urged scientists to take up the massive task of making more accessible the bewildering store of human knowledge. For many years, inventions have extended man's physical powers rather than the powers of his mind. Bush argued that instruments were at hand which, if properly developed, will give man access to and command over the inherited knowledge of the ages. Fifty years later, computer and network technology is now arriving a point where Bush's prescient vision can become a reality.
The Government Information Locator Service (GILS) will provide a uniform framework for locating and accessing all Federal information resources (earlier draft). You can try out a prototype version of GILS that locates information resources of the U.S. Geological Survey. The GILS Profile provides the full specification for the Government Information Locator System which conformant servers must implement, including all aspects within and beyond the scope of Z39.50 version 3. Further supporting documents are available from USGS.
On June 25 1993, The Office of Management and Budget issued the OMB A-130 Circular which provides new policies for managing government information that encourage agencies to utilize new technologies to improve public access. The OMB has draft legislation entitled The Government Information Dissemination and Printing Act.
Congressional Office of Technology Assessment report on the Electronic Delivery of Federal Services.
Various electronic newsletters reports on developments relevant to electronic access to government. The American Library Association's Washington office puts out a weekly newsletter. Another source is the Electronic Public Information Newsletter.
The Center for Global Communications at the International University of Japan approaches the the digital telecommunications revolution from a theoretical viewpoint drawing on world systems theory and practical insights informed by work with the Japanese government (e.g. Prime Minister's Official Residence).
CONVERGENCE: Art, Culture, and the National Information Infrastructure. A Facilitated Conference on Arts and Humanities Policy Agendas for the National Information Infrastructure, October 14-16, 1994, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA.
The National Information Infrastructure Testbed bring together business, government, and educational institutions to fast track the the processing of moving advanced communications technologies into the mainstream.
Commerce Net is a pilot consortium in California's Silicon Valley that seeks to explore how electronic commerce can work on the NII.
The FINWeb catalogues many of the best economics-related internet resources.
The Utterly Random Corporate Survey illustrates the over-determination of digital telecommunications revolution, especially when taken together with the top-down view of the U.S. Executive Branch.
John C. Mallery