WWW Information Discovery Tools

marca@ncsa.uiuc.edu (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 93 13:04:29 -0500
From: marca@ncsa.uiuc.edu (Marc Andreessen)
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To: jackson@stsci.edu
Cc: www-talk@nxoc01.cern.ch
Subject: WWW Information Discovery Tools
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Bob Jackson writes:
> In comparing WWW vs Gopher and WAIS, I  admit
> that WWW is a more powerful data representation model.
> But, its ability to discover information is only as good as 
> the links are and the links are made by hand.
> Gopher and WAIS have global information discovery tools 
> which know more than any one person does about available
> resources, e.g.,
> 	WAIS's directory-of-servers
> 	Gopher's Veronica
> 	Gopher's ts/tb or jughead
> and which are created by software.
> Is anyone working on similar tools for WWW?

Yup -- they're called Gopher and WAIS.


Marc Andreessen
Software Development Group
National Center for Supercomputing Applications