UPDATE on U. Penn's African Studies WWW

October 11, 1994

Ali B. Ali-Dinar (aadinar@mail.sas.upenn.edu) will be taking over the administration of the African Studies WWW by the end of October 1994, as a function of his new position as Outreach Coordinator for the African Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. We wish to officially welcome Ali B. Ali-Dinar to the program! Please feel free to contact Ali in the future regarding African Studies related internet resources and African Studies outreach issues.

Since I will be stepping down as Outreach Coordinator for U. Penn's African Studies Program by the end of October, I would like to defer any new inquiries to Ali. If you have any unfinished business you would like to discuss with me, please contact me directly at sisskind@sas.upenn.edu.

At this time I would like to thank the following people for their assistance and support in getting the African Studies WWW project off the ground.

Dr. Sandra T. Barnes,
Director, African Studies Program, U. Penn

Ali B. Ali-Dinar
Gayle Belford, DCCS
Sharlene Chu, SAS Workstation
Al D'Souza, DCCS
Dr. Ben Goldstein, SAS Computing
Peter Kitchin, Physics
Linda Murphy, DCCS
Dan Updegrove, DCCS
John Yates, SAS Workstation

I would also like to thank all of our Providers of Information, who gave generously of their time and effort to electronically publish high quality Africa-related information on our Web server.

September 1, 1994

According to Linda Murphy, telnet www.upenn.edu will be added to DCCS services by the end of September 1994. People who telnet to www.upenn.edu and enter 'pennweb' at the login: prompt, will see the University of Pennsylvania Home Page (http://www.upenn.edu/). The application is Lynx, a widely used World Wide Web browser developed at the University of Kansas.

Type 'help' at the login: prompt of the WWW/Gopher system, and a menu will be presented which has links to both the U. Penn Web and Gopher services.

The African Studies WWW is listed on U. Penn's Home Page, alphabetically under:

Penn Web Servers/African Studies at Penn

August 7, 1994

Sharlene Chu and Peter Kitchin, of SAS Computing's Workstation Services, are developing a file retrieval tool that will enable users without dedicated lines, or with e-mail only accounts, to request files on the internet.

This tool will be able to retrieve, translate and e-mail html documents, graphics and other hypermedia files based upon request commands through electronic mail.

The SAS Computing Workstation Services staff is now considering the viability of pre-existing resources, such as the CERN mail robot, that may be adapted for our needs.

I would like to enlist your help on this project. If there are certain specifications you would like to see implemented, please feel free to write to us with your comments.

August 4, 1994

The new African Studies domain was created by John Yates of SAS Computing's Workstation Services. The domain is african.upenn.edu

The new African Studies WWW is up and running. The African Studies Web is currently running off of the hiker.sas machine, housed at 3401 Walnut Street, Center City, Philadelphia. The URL is http://www.sas.upenn.ed u I am still in the process of editing files. Please notify me of any problems with anchors and/or access to the site.

August 1, 1994

John Yates of SAS Computing's Workstation Services is in the process of creating a new domain within upenn.edu for African Studies. I am currently editing the converted html files and bringing the new Web anchors up-to-date with recently added materials.

July 25, 1994

We will be maintaining updated files on the PennInfo server until the new Web server is completely configured. Thanks for your patience.

July 20, 1994

The transfer of African Studies Program files to a new World Wide Web server has been completed as a result of the efforts of Peter Kitchin, Sharlene Chu, John Yates and Shumon Huque, of SAS Computing's Workstation Services; and Linda Murphy, Gayle Belford and Al D'Souza, of Data Communications and Computing Services (DCCS). The new ip address will be announced as soon as the site is up and running. All updated access information will be posted here on PennInfo.

SAS Computing's Workstation Services staff, in conjunction with the DCCS staff, has developed a conversion tool that facilitates the quick and easy transfer of TechInfo files to the Web.

The new "African Studies Web" server will require that you use NCSA's Mosaic software (or another HTML reader) in order to view the multi-media graphics, video, and sound embedded in the hyper-text documents. The Mosaic software is available on several public-access ftp sites, including UIUC/NCSA's.

If you do not have access to an ethernet or slip connection and are currently accessing African Studies on PennInfo via a dial-up, asynchronous or serial connection, it is still possible for you to access and read the text-only versions of the documents that will be stored on the new Web server, using a Lynx-based reader.

We will keep you as updated as possible,

sisskind@mail.sas.upenn.edu


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