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The Technology Newsletter for the University of Hawaii Community

March-May 1995 Volume 2, Number 2

In This Issue:


New Streamlined Procedure for Network Connection Requests

Information Technology Services (ITS) has developed a new streamlined procedure for requesting a data network connection on the University of Hawai`i (UH)-Manoa campus. The change was driven by a number of factors, including: the emergence of 10BaseT Ethernet cards and hubs as "commodity" items, a dramatically increasing number of requests, and the recent reorganization of ITS. The new process uses a single form for the integrated provision and installation of network hardware as well as the establishment of a physical connection to the campus backbone.

Departments will no longer need to solicit quotations and issue their own purchasing documents for equipment and attempt to synchronize this procurement with the activation of their data jacks.

New instructions were mailed to all Departmental Telecom Coordinators in March. In brief, as of April 3, 1995:

  1. Requests for data connections must be submitted to Telecommunications on the new UH Telecom Request Form 1C. This new form is designed specifically for data requirements only. Detailed instructions are on the back of the form itself.
  2. A standard price schedule for various types of connection services including the required hardware was established and is shown in Table 1. This allows departments to more easily plan the costs of network connectivity.
  3. Data request forms are submitted to Telecommunications like any other Telecom Request. After logging and assigning a number for tracking, the request is routed to the Networking and Desktop Support groups as required to establish the connection and to furnish and install of any necessary equipment.
  4. After completion of the work the Requester will be asked to sign off on the work and the department will be charged directly.
Questions about the new process and form should be directed to Telecommunications at 956-6033.

Questions about data requirements, costs, and technology should be directed to Networking at 956-9167.

Price Schedule for Data Service to UHNet at Manoa ONLY

Activate Activate data jack to access UHNet. Cost includes port on a hub/concentrator.$30
Activate w/card Active data jack and provide Ethernet card for: ..
.Apple Macintosh: Mac II family, Quadra or
Centris with Nubus interface
..Mac LC family$100
..Quadra with AAUI port$75
..Powerbook with SCSI $200
.Personal Computers:IBM-PC and compatibles $100
..IBM PS/2models 50-95$200
DisconnectDisconnect data from UHNet. No Charge
Move Move UHNet connection to another jack with the same building..No Charge
Table 1.

Gayle Komata

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The Director's Corner

Convergences of Technology

There are many "convergences" that are widely written about and speculated upon in the technology arena: voice & data & video, Cable TV & telephone, and television & computer & telephone (Cartoon caption: "Honey, can you answer the television - I'm watching the telephone"). Another convergence is also taking place at UH and in other institutions of higher education; a convergence of technologies used for academic and administrative computing.

As our administrative information systems migrate from a batch to an on-line focus, they are increasingly needed by members of the academic community. Researchers need access to financial information in order to fulfill their responsibilities as principal investigators. Faculty need access to student information in order to function as academic advisors. And students need information about their standing within the University.

At the same time, traditionally academic technologies have become useful to administrators. Many administrators correspond with colleagues throughout the country via Internet email. Parallel processing technology developed initially to support research, such as the IBM SP2 at the Maui High Performance Computing Center, is considered to be a likely platform for the next generation of high-performance administrative database applications. And the World Wide Web, the latest "killer application" on the Internet, is a new way to provide access to information and procedures - check out:

for a work-in-progress from the Office of Human Resources.

This issue of InfoBITS highlights some of our activities intended to help bring all flavors of information and computing resources to the desktop via the Internet and related technologies.

We provide some advice on minimum and recommended personal computer con- figurations. It won't surprise you to learn that we urge you to buy the most powerful and well-equipped system you can afford, since even that will seem underpowered within a year or so. The new generation of visual applications swallows more memory and disk space and processing than seemed possible just a few years ago, so you will use it.

We also describe our new and improved procedure for requesting a network connection at UH-Manoa. We have taken advantage of our reorganization to implement a single integrated Telecom Request procedure through which you may order a network interface card for your computer along with an ethernet connection to the UH network.

The hardware and network connection aren't much use without software, and we have selected a suite of network service applications which we recommend for use and for which we have acquired or are in the process of acquiring site licenses if possible. These applications cover the range from terminal emulators for academic and administrative purposes to Internet clients such as World Wide Web browsers.

What will you do with all this? Guest articles profile an innovative instructional application of the World Wide Web from one of our faculty and describe how to access information about opportunities for extramural funding more rapidly and flexible via the Internet. And we describe our steady progress toward providing ad-hoc access to management information via client-server technology.

Happy convergence!

David Lassner

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Progress with Query Tools

Information Technology Services (ITS) presented its Query Tool Fair from March 7-10. About 160 university attendees were able to see the different types of PC tools that ITS is testing to do ad-hoc reporting from fiscal, personnel, and student data. One question most often asked during the fair was, "When will these tools be available for general use?" Although there are several key issues still to be resolved, ITS is initiating a pilot project with the Office of Human Resources/HRIS (OHR/HRIS), Community College Human Resources Office (CCHRO), and the College of Tropical Agriculture (CTAHR).

These three offices will purchase the necessary software and start testing these tools beginning May 1, 1995. They will work with ITS to resolve several key issues relating to the data definitions, performance, and security while at the same time produce actual reports for their offices and the users that they service. Data from the HRIS database on the IBM mainframe will be extracted every night and placed in a separate reporting database. The pilot sites will access the reporting database from their PCs and test out the reporting capabilities of the reporting tools.

We anticipate the pilot project to last through August at which time the pilot sites and ITS will develop recommendations and procedures for the distribution and general use of these reporting tools for HRIS users. In subsequent newsletter articles, we will keep you posted on the plans for the fiscal and student information databases.

Vernon Ching

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INET '95 in Honolulu

The University of Hawai`i (UH) will be hosting INET'95, the 5th annual meeting of the Internet Society, at the Sheraton Waikiki from June 27-30. This is probably the finest international conference relating to the Internet. Some 1500 delegates from over 100 countries are expected to converge here, representing industry, government and academia. Speakers will include Vint Cerf, the "Father of the Internet" who serves as President of the Internet Society, Tim Berners-Lee, widely acknowledged as the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Tsutomu Shimomura, recently in the news for tracking down alleged hacker Kevin Mitnick. There are a number of local presenters as well, including many from the University of Hawai`i. Parallel sessions will address numerous topics in policy, implementation, security, future growth, applications, education and regional activities throughout the world.

The week before the conference itself the University will be hosting at UH-Manoa an intensive workshop on networking for 150 attendees from developing countries. There is also a 1-day preconference School Networking Colloquium for intensive dialog regarding Internet technology, applications and support in the K-12 environment. And several preconference tutorials will offer the chance to catch up on the latest advances from internationally renowned experts.

This is a rare opportunity for Hawai`i residents to attend a world-class networking conference without the expense of mainland travel. The INET conference rotates annually among North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific each year and since INET'95 was originally planned for Singapore it is not likely to be back to Hawai`i soon.

INET'95 registration information and conference details are regularly evolving at:

David Lassner

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Hardware Recommendations

Information Technology Services (ITS) has decided to publish recommended microcomputer configurations for those of you who may be considering the purchase of microcomputer systems for your department. In developing these recommendations, ITS has tried to choose configurations that we hope will still be useful in three years. Since technology changes faster than procurement cycles, it tends to be more cost-effective in the long run to buy a higher-end computer rather than one that just meets current needs and has to be replaced within a year.

For all users of network services such as electronic mail, file transfer, the World Wide Web (WWW), and the administrative systems (e.g. HRIS, ISIS, FMIS), ITS recommends a network-based Ethernet connection. Asynchronous (StarMaster) connections are being phased out. Microcomputer Ethernet cards can be purchased from the recently awarded UH contracts CH-2585 and CH-2586, or by submitting a UH Telecom Request Form. Please check with your department Telecom coordinator as to whether your office network in frastructure supports Ethernet connections.

Please remember that these are only suggestions and you need to keep your special needs in mind when making the final decision.

IBM/Compatible PC Recommendations

ITS makes the following suggestions for members of the University community who wish to acquire personal computers with Intel processors (IBM/ compatibles).

Minimum Configuration

This basic configuration is for users who need to run one or two Windows applications (i.e. WordPerfect for Windows, Excel) at the same time and/or want basic network access (i.e. electronic mail and/or file transfer). Most Intel-based users have moved from DOS to Windows because of the easy to use graphical user interface (GUI). Windows for Workgroups 3.11 is similar to Windows 3.11 except that it has the networking capability that Windows 3.11 does not have.

Windows for Workgroups requires at least 8MB of memory for acceptable performance levels. A 300MB hard drive should be the minimum size because the newer Windows applications consume large amounts of storage space. For example, WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows requires 32MB of free hard disk space.

The network client software will run on the basic configuration with good performance. If you are planning to use the graphical network client software such as WWW browsers, the recommended configuration should be given serious consideration.

Recommended Configuration

This configuration is recommended for users who require multiple Windows applications open at the same time. The WWW browsers and GUI ad-hoc query tools will run with reasonable performance levels.

The Pentium is the fastest Intel-type processor you can easily purchase for a reasonable price that is readily available. In a few years, it too will follow the fate of the 386 processor, as more advanced microprocessors are developed and become readily available and affordable. The 60MHz Pentium chip is already being replaced in favor of faster Pentium chips like the 120MHz chip. The system should have a PCI local bus since the industry appears to be moving in that direction.

For multimedia applications, a CD-ROM drive (triple speed or faster) is a necessity because most multimedia products requires a CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM drive should be purchased with the appropriate CD-ROM interface card, Sound Blaster or compatible sound card, and speakers. The CD-ROM drive should receive special consideration because more companies will distribute their software via this medium.

Macintosh Recommendations

ITS makes the following suggestions for members of the University community who wish to acquire Macintosh computers.

Minimum configuration

We recommend the above basic configuration for someone who is using one or two applications (i.e. a word processor and/or simple spreadsheets), and wants to have basic network access (i.e. electronic mail and/or file transfer).

8MB of memory is the bare minimum when buying a new system. The latest version of the Macintosh operating system uses 2-3MB of memory, which leaves only about 5MB for applications. Most current applications require 3-4MB to work well. It is more economical to purchase a configuration that comes with 8MB of memory rather than buying one with 4MB of memory and adding 4 more later. The 250MB hard drive should be enough for several applications and your daily work.

We have included a CD-ROM in this configuration because of the current UH Apple Price List. The difference between the model with CD-ROM and without was only $92. For that amount the CD-ROM is well worth it, as we see more information and software being distributed via CD-ROM.

It is possible to access the WWW with this configuration, but to fully utilize additional movie, imaging, and sound capabilities 12MB of memory or more would be highly recommended.

Recommended configuration

The recommended configuration is for someone who uses multiple applications at once, or complicated spreadsheets, or graphic intensive applications (e.g. PageMaker, FreeHand, or Photoshop), or needs a full-featured WWW browser.

Apple recommends the PowerPC as the chip of the future. Eventually, computers with the 68040 chip will be phased off the Apple Price List. We chose 16MB of memory since many applications such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint need lots of memory to perform effectively. The 500MB hard drive may seem like a lot, but it will fill up quickly since many current applications take up large amounts of hard drive space. The CD-ROM is important for multimedia applications and because more vendors are distributing software on CD-ROM. In fact, some documentation is only available on CD-ROM.


In summary, it is always a good idea to purchase a microcomputer system that has as much capability as you can reasonably afford.

These recommendations are only suggestions for standard systems. If you have special requirements (e.g. multimedia, intensive graphics, local-area network (LAN), client/server applications, etc.), please contact one of the following people:

IBM/compatible PC purchases

Jocelyn Kasamoto 956-8923
Osamu Makiguchi 956-6929
Brian Chee956-8316

Macintosh purchases

Naomi Okinaga956-2398

Jocelyn Kasamoto, 956-8923

Teresa Sakata, 956-2399

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Recommended Internet Client Tools

Since July 1994, all faculty, staff, and students are eligible for "access to the Internet". A validated member of the University community can request an account on the Information Technology Services (ITS) UNIX systems. This ID allows one to login and access Internet services such as electronic mail, remote login, file transfers, reading newsgroups, and browsing through volumes of information using UNIX applications such as Pine, telnet, ftp, tin, and gopher. These UNIX applications and tools are text-oriented and are not necessarily the easiest and most efficient way to access the Internet resources. If you have a microcomputer, either at home or in the office, you could be using "friendlier," graphically-oriented, micro-computer-based clients to access these same resources.

The key to using these microcomputer-based clients, is that your desktop computer must be able to use the TCP/IP protocol and you must have either a direct network connection (from your office) or use dial-up IP (SLIP, CSLIP, or PPP). If you are unfamiliar with SLIP, CSLIP, or PPP, the ITS Help Desk has documents that will help you get started. These documents are available on-line.

UHINFO Gopher Tracks

An extensive array of clients already exist and new ones are constantly being released. To guide you through the maze of software, ITS has developed a list of recommended software for key Internet services. This list will be updated periodically. University-wide site licenses have been or are being negotiated for commercial and shareware products.

These software products will be available in the IBM PC Lab, Macintosh Lab, and CLIC Lab for copying from the lab's servers. Please bring your validated University ID and several diskettes with you. In the future, we plan to make the recommended software available electronically to eligible users.

ServiceDOSWindows Macintosh
IP stacks Novell LAN WorkplaceNovell LAN Workplace,
Trumpet Winsock, and
Windows for Workgroups
TelnetNCSA TelnetWinQVT and
Novell LAN Workplace
NCSA Telnet
TN3270McGill Univ. McGill Univ. TN3270 for Mac Brown Univ.
NewsTrumpetTrumpet and
NewsWatcher and Netscape
FTPNovell LAN Workplace
and NCSA Telnet
Novell LAN Workplace
and WS-FTP
Gopher . WS GopherTurboGopher
WWW . NetscapeNetscape

Jodi-Ann Ito

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Why No Email Recommendation?

Readers may notice that our suite of recommended Internet applications does not include a GUI-based email solution. We argued and debated this issue internally, and finally decided that we could not yet make an unqualified recommendation that we believe to be a major step forward.

We came to agreement that our recommended email solution should be a graphical user interface and adhere to the IMAP and MIME Internet standards. IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) provides for consistent location-independent client-server access to a shared set of mailboxes. MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) provides a standard for the use of email across platforms for non-text-based messages and attachments (e.g. word processing documents, spreadsheets, foreign language text, images, audio/video clips). Unfortunately, while these standards are now complete there is not yet a suite of desktop email clients we can recommend that supports them.

MIME is already supported by Pine, the mail reader we recommend in the UHUNIX environment. For anyone interested, POP and IMAP email servers are also available. These are called and respectively. These servers utilize the standard UHUNIX mailboxes our users usually access with Pine. POP clients such as Eudora for the PC and Mac have been tested and work quite well. However, we believe that the POP standard incurs significant disadvantages for users who access their email from multiple locations (home and office, office and road, multiple offices). The PC-Pine IMAP client has also been tested and works locally, but we are not satisfied with the text-based interface of the current preliminary release of PC-Pine. Therefore, rather than recommend that our user community migrate now to a short-term solution, we are suggesting that people who may be dismayed by rapid changes in software standards continue to use Pine while logged into a host. We believe the next significant gain will be achieved through migration to a desktop-based MIME-compliant IMAP client with graphical user interface.

We'll keep you posted!

David Lassner

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BITNET & DECnet Commands Discontinued
- Summer '95

This summer we are planning the removal of BITNET and DECnet from our UHUNIX systems. This means that the following commands will no longer be available.


cpqdiskloadibmsubmit ibmprint netcopy
netexecnetwrite qqueryrdr


dcatdcpdexecdlogindlsdmv dnconfigdnstatsdprdrm
lcpllogindts mcp ncp tss_keytss_tracetsslprxdnetxgate

Email to UHUNIX will not be affected by the removal of these commands. Even email sent to UHUNIX's BITNET and DECnet addresses will continue to work because there will be another system set up to receive and relay such mail to UHUNIX over the Internet. However, file transfers and remote commands over BITNET and DECnet will no longer work. Internet services (e.g. ftp, telnet, rlogin, rsh, mail) will not be affected in any way by these changes.

About 99% of our UHUNIX BITNET traffic can be attributed to email sent from LISTSERV mailing lists. Other BITNET and DECnet facilities are rarely used. We have not found any good, supported BITNET software for UNIX, and our current software has not kept up with the latest standards, sometimes causing mail loops and countless other problems. Other institutions have also retired BITNET from their systems so that all their traffic is confined to the Internet. This is a trend that will probably continue to grow.

The tentative deadline for the removal of these commands is sometime between Summer Session I and II of this year. If you use any of the BITNET/DECnet commands to be deleted, please contact our Help Desk to discuss alternative methods. The Help Desk can be reached via email ( or by calling 956-8883.

Julio Polo

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Course-Integrated Use of the World Wide Web

This is the second semester that I am making full integrated use of the University's on-line telecommunications facilities for two undergraduate seminars in psychology. Students, all of whom are computer novices, learn to use e-mail on their UNIX account, become familiar with Gopher on the Internet, and create their own home page on the World Wide Web (WWW). Weekly assignments and reports are submitted on-line, typed by the student, translated in hypertext format (called HTML), and hotlinked to the reports of other students and the Internet. Anyone browsing the WWW, or is searching with WebCrawler or other clients, may discover the interlinked student reports.

This course-integrated telecommunications activity has two valuable instructional features, in my view: (1) involving students in reading each other's work and commentaries, and (2) creating a collective, virtual "super-document" out of the students' individual and independent efforts. These features transform the students' work into an intellectual contribution through their participation in a generational cyberspace learning community for one semester. In the course of the semester, students produce an average of 30 pages of on-line electronic text or about 100 screens. Each semester a new generation of students add to the "super-document" and link their writing into its hypertext fabric. This process simulates the growth and evolution of a virtual learning community in cyberspace. At any time in the future, former students may re-visit their Home Page architecture through the Internet, and see how it has been weaved or integrated into the evolving and living fabric of the "super-document."

The Richness of Hypertext

The links created by students are paragraph specific. Each hypertext link is a permanent physical embodiment of a mental connection seen by a student between one's own idea and someone else's idea. The more links and comments that are created by students to each other, the richer, and more 'virtual' the hypertext "super-document" becomes. Richness and complexity of the virtual "super-document" continue to grow and expand as generations of students are interlinked with each new semester's group. Probably no two people ever read a hypertext "super-document" in the same sequence of paragraphs or screens. Students in the same course do not necessarily see the same content, since content depends on the links one explores on-line. The number of links and their possible permutation sequences produced by just 20 students in one semester's work is astronomical and cannot be exhausted even by the most ardent cybernaut browsers. This great fluidity and amorphousness of hypertext "super-documents" raises important instructional issues which educators will have to carefully research. I can see some potential problems in terms of defining course content and disciplinary area within a virtual instructional environment. I believe we'll be able to cope with this problem and turn it into an Intellectual advantage that fosters diversity, freedom, and unprecedented creativity.

Empowering Students for Creative Expression

A student may write a paper on a self-modification experiment to become a more careful driver. By itself, the paper is limited, even if it has some citations to the literature. In hypertext, the student may add a number of links on every screen, greatly enriching the document. For instance, the student may express the opinion that "it is difficult to be objective about one's own driving style," and then goes on to create five visible links (automatically highlighted on the screen) which, when selected by a browsing reader, takes the person to five new locations.

Journey through Student Reports

The first hypertext link takes you to a 10-page document located in Seattle, a pre-publication copy of a conference paper on driving behavior. The second link whisks you to an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file located in Washington and kept up to date weekly by an automobile news group and archived in automated LISTSERVS to which you can make links or mail yourself a copy on email. Here you have the opportunity of other items such as some driving videos produced by American Automobile Association and traffic reports by various national and local services. As you return to the student's document (assuming you don't continue to wander endlessly until you run out of time), you are catapulted through the third link to an electronic magazine article available on-line in full text and maintained by the commercial HotWired publication. The fourth link lands you in a student's report who took the course last semester, and who described a similar self-modification experiment in which the goal was to become more aware of one's thoughts and feelings while driving from home to the University of Hawai`i (UH) campus. This student's report has additional links to other students from that semester, which you can explore before deciding to come back to the student's report you started with. The fifth link takes you to a comment on the role of self-verbalization while driving, written by the instructor in a published article, a copy of which I made available on my home page. As you browse through the article you encounter hotlinks to other students' comments of some paragraph, as well as links to other articles by the instructor and by other scientists.

New Golden Age of Education

In effect, the student who authored this report has made two parallel intellectual contributions. One is the content of the paragraphs in the document; the other is the information journey we are made to travel as we traverse the five links put there by the student. Extend this example in many different ways for various topics, activities, and media, and you'll soon realize how educationally powerful, how culturally enriching the new telecommunications technology can be. It is evident that hypertext on-line initiating a new Golden Age of education. In this new instructional super medium, the professor is no longer the sole influence that determines what is important or what is related to what. The curriculum is now more open and less predictable. In part, the medium has become the message, and the student its messenger. I can live with that. It's good.

Students as a Cyberspace Learning Community

I foster an informal discussion atmosphere in class and I openly rely on the group's solidarity with each other to get an individual unstuck when in trouble. The faster learners help the slower, and within four to five weeks 90% of the class is on board, surfing the Internet and creating WWW documents. Yes, you can hear them complaining a lot, very excitedly but also very happily. In my 25 years of teaching on the UH-Manoa campus, I have never seen more student enthusiasm and pride for learning than in my course-integrated telecommunications classes. The written student comments reveal that many experience a changed self-image that no longer is tainted with depressive technophobia. I feel terrific when I read their expression of heartfelt and genuine appreciation for the course. In this new medium, students are challenged to find their own voices, to express their own thoughts and feelings in a public and scholarly context. Students see their own writing on the WWW, impressed by the fact that their writings are, in a real sense, "published" and available to millions of browsers. Students are in effect modeling the role of author, scholar, and scientist. They are thus awakened and introduced to intellectual citizenship.

Jump Right In!

For me, the great moment arrived a few months ago when the College of Social Sciences (CSS), installed a WWW server in Porteus Hall (the CSS server:, under the management of Harry Partika, who is responsible to Dean Richard Dubanoski. With the expert and friendly technical advice of Webmaster Eric Hagen and his team of able assistants, I was able for the first time, to create an instructional set-up that truly met my vision for a generational cyberspace learning community. With this approach now in place, I feel that UH is soaring ahead into the "futures of education" and I encourage my colleagues to start experimenting with this new amazing educational technology. The age of the global virtual university is now upon us. This may all seem intimidating to uninitiated instructors, and hopelessly complicated or foreign. It appears to be all these things, true, but this is only during the accommodation phase. I started from scratch as a typical middle-aged technophobic professor, but I had the strong belief that I must join the Information Age or become second rate. The library played a big role in helping me overcome my initial technophobic aversions (and fears), with the introduction of the on-line catalog and CD-ROM databases. Subsequently I worked up enough courage to use the PLATO system on campus for course-integrated student on-line socializing.

You may see a report of that experience in the UHCC Newsletter, 1991, 28(2), 12-14, or browse a copy with hotlinks to student reports which you can view by pointing your browser to:
sorry, this links is not available

(For text based access: at the UNIX prompt, type lynx, space, then the address above - that's all! ).

The campus technocrats and administrators are doing their job by installing and placing at our disposal the marvelous capabilities of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Thank you! Now it is up to us, the faculty, to make use of it in effective and creative ways. I invite you to browse through the cyberspace created by my students. Just point your Netscape or Lynx browser to the following URL address and enjoy!
sorry, this links is not available

Professor Leon James
Department of Psychology
Leon James (formerly "Jakobovits") has been Professor of Psychology at the UH since 1971.

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Government Information Available On-line

Did you know that US Government publications Federal Register and Commerce Business Daily are now easily accessible to the University's Internet community? Prior to this, researching these publications meant using a special computer setup at the Office of Research Information or getting access to the printed copies through the library or some other subscriber. For the past year, Information Technology Services has had a gopher site license with Counterpoint Publishing to provide this valuable research tool to the University of Hawai`i system. These publications provide information about funding opportunities as well as giving you the latest regulatory information and important notices from all U.S. government agencies. The information is updated daily and archives are searchable by keywords.

The Federal Register is a daily record of U.S. federal governmental activity, including all presidential proclamations and executive orders, rules and regulations of the various bureaus and departments of the government, and decisions of fact-finding bodies. The Federal Register includes new regulations, standards, procedures and background information, and justification of federal decisions. It is also a source of Requests for Proposals for grants or educational opportunities for various federal agencies, providing background information and rationale on rulings, points of contact and procedures, and guidance on new regulations. This information can be accessed via UHINFO, through:

UHINFO Gopher Tracks

Menu items feature the most recent Daily Federal Register, archives by the date of issue, and combined quarterly archives.

The Commerce Business Daily lists information received from military and civilian procurement offices about impending contracts and sales. Among other things, there is a daily list of U.S. Government procurement invitations, contract awards, sub-contracting leads, sales of surplus property and foreign business opportunities. This information can also be found in UHINFO:

UHINFO Gopher Tracks

Menu items feature the Most Recent Issue of the Commerce Business Daily, archives of past issues (including archives grouped by Notices of Contract Awards, Requests for Procurement, Notices of Foreign Government Standards, Special Notices, Surplus Property Sales and Readers Guide), and Current CBD Class Codes.

Any questions about using gopher to access these services can be directed to: Questions regarding any funding opportunities found through these publications can be directed to Kathy Yoshinaga, 956-4057 or e-mail at at the Office of Research Administration.

Wendy Richards, 956-3167
Office of Research Administration

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Audio Teleconferencing Service

As an enhancement to current teleconferencing capabilities, Telecommunications has recently purchased a Polycom SoundStation EX, an audio teleconferencing system that provides high-quality voice transmission and the ability to have all parties converse simultaneously. The SoundStation EX has microphones that allow single or multi-users in areas up to 450 square feet to have a speaking range much wider than that of a regular speakerphone. Because the SoundStation EX operates in a full- duplex mode, both you and the distant party can talk normally in free- flowing, "clip-free" conversations. A high-performance digital signal processor provides optimal voice clarity by constantly monitoring the room and automatically adapting to changing acoustic conditions.

If your department is interested in utilizing this new service, please call Telecommunications at 956-6033 in order to reserve our conference room. If the distant party is off-island, you will need to have an authorization code so that the long distance call is properly charged to your department account code.

Ralph Yoshioka

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