Re: WWW Indexing initative

Tim Berners-Lee (
Fri, 19 Nov 93 17:09:30 +0100

>I have a feeling there are many such initiatives, but if someone
>me to list them and evaluate their status I couldn't possibly. Does
>anyone have a list of the current efforts? If not, could some
>knowledgeable person (Jill???) please take a few minutes and put one
> Thanks ... Scott

I have a feeling there are many such lists... Could some
knowledgable person make a list of them? ;-))))

A list of all known (to us) subject-oriented collections
going across protocol boundaries is

I append it without the links if you are interested.

One of the collections is one which we started, and which
we delegate by subject. Anyone interested in keeping up to
date the definitive list of internet resources in a
restricted subject area is VERY welcome to take on a
"department". Anyone who wants to start a new effort from
scratch should think about scaling. Similarly, if anyone
feels the urge to make another metalist, then why not just
add or take over ours? There is room for comptetive lists
but not yet at this level -- there ought to be a limited

(BTW: If you start from
you should find any collection, by subject, server type, etc
but I think you are only talking of arrangements by

Tim Berners-Lee

A list of Virtual Libraries on the Web

Please mail if you know of any arrangement
of information by subject not in this list of lists.

These are collections of information by subject matter, good
places to start when looking for information.

Browsing by subject

The World Wide Web Virtual Library[1] is distributed in that
different subjects are handled by different sites.

Searchable libraries

The UU-NNA metalibrary[2] wishes to create a fully accredited
university over computer networks

The W3 searchable catalog[3] built from other sources here.

The Internet Services list[4] (based on Yanoff's Internet

The Whole Internet Catalogue[5] from O'Reilly (updated from
the bestselling "The Whole Internet Catalog User's Guide

Other catalogues


Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet[6] will help you join the
global village known as Cyberspace or the Net (1.02)

Marc Andreessen's big "loosely catagorized" meta index[7] has
pointers for example to the many Gopher subject trees.


UMich's list of resource lists[8]
collects and makes widely available
guides to Internet resources which are

The HCI Bibliography Project
A free-access online extended bibliography
on Human-Computer Interaction (gathers
most books, journals, and conference
proceedings on HCI dating back to 1980)