The Whatis Database

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 The whatis database
 
In addition to offering access to anonymous FTP listings, archie also
permits access to the whatis description database.  It includes
the names and brief synopses for over 3,500 public domain software
packages, datasets and informational documents located on the
Internet.
 
Additional whatis databases are scheduled to be added in the
future. Planned offerings include listings for the names and locations
of online library catalog programs, the names of publicly accessible
electronic mailing lists, compilations of Frequently Asked Questions
lists, and archive sites for the most popular Usenet newsgroups.
Suggestions for additional descriptions or locations databases are
welcomed and should be sent to the archie developers at
archie-l@cs.mcgill.ca.
 
``Was f@"ur pl@"undern!''
(``What a place to plunder!'')
Gebhard Leberecht Bl@"ucher
 
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