WIT, the WWW Interactive Talk system, was announced shortly after the
WWW 94 conference in CERN. WIT can be accessed at the URL
Figure 13-1 WIT.
Access To Usenet
The Netscape browser can be used to post to Usenet newsgroups.
Figure 13-2 Posting To Usenet News.
Hypermail is a utility which can be used to convert mail archives to
hypertext format on WWW. A example of a hypermail archive is illustrated
Figure 13-3 A Hypermail Archive.
Mailserv provides a forms interface to a number of mailing list servers.
The software is available at the URL
The software was written by Patrick M Fitzgerald
Figure 13-4 The Mailserv Interface To Mailing List Servers.
Video conferencing facilities are being developed which can be
integrated with WWW.
Figure 13-5 Accessing A Video On WWW.
One interesting application of a multimedia desktop conferencing systems is MONET (Meeting on the Network) which is described in Applications of Mosaic in Health Care Delivery by Srivasa et al. This paper, which was presented at the Mosaic and The Web conference, is available at the URL http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SDG/IT94/Proceedings/MedTrack/srivasa/artemis.html
Figure 13-6 MONET.
At the time of writing many of these services are experimental. However, given the rapid growth of WWW and the extent of development work which is going on, such services may be mainstream in the near future.
One form of collaboration within the academic community is through conferences, workshops and seminars. Whenever the author gives a paper at a conference or is involved in running a workshop or a course he makes his papers, OHP foils, etc. available on WWW under his personal page (sometimes referred to as a vanity page).
About 200 of the papers which were given at the second WWW conference, Mosaic and The Web, were available on WWW before the conference began. Perhaps one important question which the academic community should be addressing is whether it should be the standard practice for conference proceedings to be made available on WWW.
A collection of WWW collaborative projects is available at the URL http://union.ncsa.uiuc.edu/HyperNews/get/www/collaboration.html
Examples of conference proceedings available on WWW is given in Appendix 5.