ERIC Number: ED392466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Internet Basics: Update 1996. ERIC Digest.
This update to a previous digest briefly describes the Internet computer network, the physical connections and communication protocols that make it possible, and the applications and information resources the network provides. The applications covered include electronic mail and listservs, the world wide web, telnet connections with remote library catalogs or databases, and file transfer protocol (FTP). Often barriers of distance, time, and cost that are significant with other forms of electronic communication are not as significant on the Internet because it accesses systems quickly regardless of proximity and because institutional users are not usually charged by level of use. Moreover, getting connected to the Internet is often not even as expensive as getting cable television. The Internet continues to evolve through formal standards development and individual or corporate software creation and enhancement. (BEW)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Costs, Databases, Electronic Mail, File Transfer Protocol, Information Retrieval, Internet, Listservs, Microcomputers
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, 4-194 Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: Guides - General; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.