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Subject: 11/4-Med.Info.Colloq.:Tom Rindfleisch-(SSRG/KSL):World-Wide Web
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***** Medical Informatics Colloquium *****

SPEAKER:  Tom Rindfleisch, Section on Medical Information
          Director of Symbolic Systems Resources Group (SSRG) 
          and Knowledge Systems Laboratory (KSL)

DATE      November 4th, 1993 (Thursday)
TIME:     3:00pm to 4:00pm

LOCATION: Medical School Office Building (MSOB x275)
          Stanford University School of Medicine
TITLE:  World-Wide Web -- What, Why, & Wow?

The exponential growth of the Internet in recent years has made it more and 
more difficult to find precisely the information needed for a particular task. 
The number of places to look has increased, the amount of material on-line at 
each place has increased, and the diversity of document types (including video 
and sound) and access schemes has increased.  Whereas good old FTP (File 
Transfer Protocol) has done yeoman service for over 20 years -- since the age 
of hackers -- and still dominates Internet traffic, several efforts to better 
integrate distributed information browsing and retrieval with modern 
human-computer interfaces have been underway in recent years.  These include 
WAIS (Wide-Area Information Service), Gopher, Archie, Veronica, and WWW 
(World-Wide Web).  Of these efforts, WWW, developed within the high-energy 
physics community, arguably has the best underlying systems design in terms of 
generality, openness, extensibility, and conceptual clarity.  WWW subsumes the 
other services mentioned above (and more) and there are even WWW client and 
server implementations available that work.

The first part of this talk will give an overview of the current state of WWW 
- -- what it does, how it works, what remains to be done, and what its 
implications might be for our work.  I will describe the three protocols that 
make up the core of WWW -- the uniform resource locating scheme (URL), the 
hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), and the SGML-based hypertext markup 
language (HTML) -- and how WWW interfaces with other information access 
protocols and resources.  The last part of the talk will be a live demo of WWW,
including work done within the KSL to experiment with and enhance WWW for 
making information from our laboratory accessible.

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