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A Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Summer 1994


AIDOC and Housmans Databases Now Online
Support Corner: Internet Questions

AIDOC and Housmans Databases Now Online
GreenNet now has two additions to the (d)atabases menu. We finally have the Housmans World Peace Directory and Amnesty Internationals database of public information, known as AIDOC.
The online version of the Housmans World Peace Directory includes 2222 entries from more than 130 countries. It covers a broad range of national and international organisations dealing with issues of peace, reconciliation, mediation etc., together with major organisations working in related fields such as environmental and human rights campaigning.
The emphasis is on grass roots, non-governmental groups. Those of you familiar with the printed World Peace Directory published in the Housmans Peace Diary every year, will find a fuller version on-line here. Some moer specialised or localised organisations are excluded from the Peace Diary version because of pressure of space. This on-line version is updated 4 times a year rather than once a year. The source database is edited by Albert Beale for the Housmans Peace Project, which is non-profit making and has been established with the support and sponsorship of a number of trusts, including the AJ Muste Memorial Institute in the USA, and the Lansbury House Trust Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in the UK. The Project is attempting to become self-sufficient by charging for the supply of information, although accessing this on-line database is currently free.
The AIDOC database gives summary information about public documents issued by the International Secretariat from 1988 onwards. In addition to this information, AIDOC records also contain fields for subject headings or 'keywords' assigned to each document from a central list maintained by the Information Services Department of the International Secretariat. In many cases summaries or abstracts of documents are also supplied. The AIDOC database can therefore be searched for countries or topics. Copies of the full text of documents listed on AIDOC can be obtained from the national offices of Amnesty International sections. A current section address is available online.
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Support Corner: Internet Questions
Q. Sometimes when I "telnet" to another Internet host, I receive the message that the computer I'm trying to connect with is "unreachable". What's happening?
A. This means that the computer host you are trying to reach does exist, but is not answering. In most cases, this is a temporary condition, and you should try again in a few hours, or the next day.
Q. How should people on the Internet address me at GreenNet?
A. The recommended way for most Internet users to address you is: This address will work for all subscribers but replace 'jdoe' with your login ID.
Q. Okay, I understand that 'jdoe' refers to my login ID, but what does all that other stuff mean?
A. The basic format of an Internet e-mail address is your_account_name@place_where_your_account_resides In your case, your account (represented by 'jdoe') resides on GreenNet ('gn') run by GreenNet. GreenNet is a member of the Association for Progressive Communications ('apc'), the international consortium of nonprofit computer networks dedicated to peace, social justice and human rights; and 'org' is Internet jargon for a host system that is an organization (as opposed to a commercial (.com) or educational (.edu) or governmental (.gov) system).
Sometimes you will see an Internet address that looks like this: In this case, jdoe's account resides on a system at the Radcliffe Science Library ('rsl') at Oxford University ('ox') which is an academic institution ('ac') in the UK ('uk').
Sometimes you will see addresses that are the other way round ( because the UK academic networks (JANET) used to do things backwards from the rest of the world. If you need to send to an address like this, it is best to turn it round so that 'uk' comes at the end rather than the beginning.
See the conference 'gen.internet.begin' or 'gen.internet' for more information about using the Internet. Or just start playing around inside of the (i)nternet command, available from the main menu.
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GreenNet will be moving offices in late June/early July. Unfortunately we don't yet know our new address for sure but we expect it will be about half a mile from our current offices.
However, we expect that our current phone numbers will have to change and inevitably, the day we move, GreenNet will be unavailable most of the time whilst the various lines are switched over. As soon as the details are confirmed - especially new phone numbers - we will put up announcements as you log in so watch for these in the next month and make a note of them. For those of you who miss them, our voice number will have call redirection and a full announcement will go out in the August newsletter.
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