John C. Butler
Department of Geosciences
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204
This months issue of C:&G is a special issue on Visualization. A set of Internet Links is available from the ANON home page.
The editors of Computers and Geosciences are interested in how different groups (faculty, companies, scientific organizations, etc.) are using the Internet. Given the international flavor of the journal, its readers and its contributors, we believe that there is an interest in learning from the experiences of others across the globe. This month Dr. Klaus Bitzer of the University of Barcelona has agreed to provide an overview of Internet applications in Spain. We would welcome such overviews from readers in other countries.
After installing RedIRIS, first internet servers were installed at Spanish universities. In 1992, the first Gopher-server was installed at the Universitat Jaume I in Castell█n. At the end of 1993, 13 web servers were available in Spain. Since then, the number of Spanish web resources as well as gopher- and ftp-servers has rapidly grown and scientific information of Spanish academic institutions is increasingly being made public through the Internet. This year, the Open University of Catalunya (http://www.uoc.es/index.html) is starting to use the Internet for educational purposes. A good place to start to connect to Spanish academic resources. A regional search can also be performed which provides non-academic resources.
Currently, only few geoscientific academic institutions are offering scientific information through the Internet, although this is quickly changing . A review which we conducted during the last weeks showed, that the majority of Spanish geoscientific websites at universities is mainly intended to distribute administrative information. Some of these sites were poorly maintained and even did not offer an e-mail address. While we can't mention all geoscientific Internet sites in Spain, we would like to mention some of the well maintained sites like the website of the Facultad de Ciencias Geol█gicas de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid which is quite informative. A useful website has also been prepared by the Instituto Andaluz de Geof╠sica with a lot of information on seismicity in Spain. A well maintained site on hydrology can be found at the Instituto del Agua at Granada University . The Departamento de Geograf╠a, Urbanismo y Ordenaci█n del Territorio at the Universidad de Cantabria also offers an overview over ongoing research and provides links to other geographic departments ) in Spain.
At the Departament de Geoqu╠mica, Petrologia i Prospeccio Geol┌gica at Barcelona University, we maintain a web page with a collection of all Spanish geoscience internet resources. By the establishment of the RedIRIS and the generally high level of hardware equipment available in Spanish universities and academic institutions, an excellent base has been laid in the recent years to promote Internet use in Geosciences in Spain. Although the number of geoscientific Internet resources in Spain is still limited, we expect that Spanish geoscientists will rapidly make use of this communication infrastructure.
Since April 5, 1997
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