ACCESS: gopher gopher.humanrights.org
This gopher, from the Institute of Global Communications, a nonprofit computer network and Internet service, helps increase our access to human rights information and is especially useful to those involved in education, journalism, health, and ecology among other human rights concerns. The main menu begins with five IGC computer networks including PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. The networks not only provide descriptions to their service but also have listings of conferences, news bulletins and information on issues of concern to that particular network. As a member of any one of the IGC Networks you have access to the resources of all of them. In addition, the IGC Networks also have a presence on the World Wide Web (WWW) at http://www.igc.apc.org/. Following the five IGC networks the main menu continues with items on publications, organizations, agencies as well as other gophers and resources. Also there are entries for education and youth, race and ethnicity, health and other subjects. These contain listings of services, resources, and other networks as well as descriptions and explanations of various projects in that area.
One especially interesting item on the menu, under United Nations & International Agencies, is INFOTERRA which covers a wealth of information on environmental concerns including resources available for research and education; news items; directories; and citations to ecological documents. The subjects include acid rain, reafforestation, rain forests, etc. It also lists upcoming environmental meetings and publications.
This site is well organized, no small task considering the wealth of information available, and is a welcome compilation of various organizations, agencies and materials concerned with a common purpose. It has grown since I first saw it a month ago and will continue to expand as other like-minded groups join the effort. This will benefit educators, academics, and others concerned with with the health and well-being of our planet.
Emily S. Chasse
Online Search Services
Elihu Burritt Library
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut 06050