Gopher Novice - Part X.
Internet resources for business
I've been looking Usenet (alt.gopher, comp.infosystems.gopher) but there is also Internet Archive, which started to index research articles. It's next big source where it is possible to find texts about Gopher. I was writing about one survey in last article, now I'd like to write about [Internet resources for business - Leslie M. Haas, 04/1994].
Approximately a year ago, a question was posted on BUSLIB-L asking for help finding such a guide for business. On discovering that there wasn't one available, several librarians decided to create one. The result was Business Sources on the Net (BSN). Currently, BSN is divided into nine different files, each on a different business subject. There are plans to add new subjects as more sources become available on the Net and to update the existing files.
There are several memories about insufficient Veronica search engine capabilities in 90's, so it isn't surprise that someone asked about list of URLs on the [BUSLIB-L Archives Business Librarians]. What may be surprising in terms of today's times, however, is that the article says that the list was developed by professionals. Today, the Internet is flooded with information of poor quality and unknown source.
So, professional librarians maintain catalogue of sources. But when we look at article and these sources, we realise that most of them is hosted by .edu hosts. So they were official data prepared by other professionals.
I thought what a different world it was. The internet was not a toy. Originating from the military network, provided by the state to the academic network, it produced real information that was not intended for entertainment. In this atmosphere, the Gopher protocol, which is sometimes described as a derivative of the organization of data in a library, was quite natural. Serious use for serious things.
I don't know if if you analyzed all the URLs mentioned in this article, the data would be easily accessible today. Today's network has a completely different goal - sales. It is possible that some scientific institutions publish such data, but today it is a niche of what is on the web.
What is more, it's worth to say that the most of URLs in article is Gopher ones. So in 1994 the most of serious sources about business were held on Gopher servers, despite other indexes (sometimes with less serious theme) were splited between WWW and Gopher.
[Internet resources for business - Leslie M. Haas, 04/1994]
[BUSLIB-L Archives Business Librarians]
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