Computer Science Technical Reports Project
M. I. T. node
The Computer Science Technical Reports (CS-TR) project is a
now-completed cooperative venture of
to create a prototype on-line library of scanned images of technical
reports. The M. I. T. part of this venture was a joint
activity of the Library 2000 group of the
M. I. T. Laboratory for Computer Science and the
M. I. T. Libraries. This joint activity scanned in
high resolution more than 1,000 M. I. T. Computer Science
Technical reports, archived the images to CD-ROM, and placed processed
versions of most of the reports on-line for public access.
- Carnegie-Mellon University,
- Cornell University,
- Stanford University,
- The University of California at Berkeley,
- M. I. T., and
- The Corporation for National Research Initiatives (prime contractor for
In 1995 the project was expanded to
encompass many other university sources world-wide, under the name
Computer Science Technical Report Library (NCSTRL).
NCSTRL is now a production service with several
The M. I. T. entry point
is managed by the M.I.T. Libraries. The M. I. T.
technical reports are also available via an FTP service at host
ncstrl-ftp.mit.edu, in the directory "/pub/cstr/".
- The Corporation for National
Research Initiatives maintains a page of further
information about CS-TR.
- M. I. T. The Library 2000 group, now
dormant, maintains a web
site containing an historical record of its activities,
publications, and demonstrations. When the project was active,
Library 2000 provided a number of experimental services, such as
a DNS-based name service for all CSTR sites. These experimental
services have been discontinued.
- Cornell University developed a distributed
CS-TR access system, named Dienst, which is used as the basis for
NCSTRL, for which Cornell provides a central index. They also
provide a contact
point for more information about NCSTRL and a CS-TR
design page. Cornell's 1993 Annual Report.
- At one time, Carnegie-Mellon University's Project
Mercury provided a different interface for the CS-TR materials,
but now they provide access via their own NCSTRL entry point
as well as FTP. CMU's 1993
- Stanford University has an entry point to NCSTRL and they
also developed GLOSS, a
system that suggests which sources to send queries to, and SIFT, an awareness and filtering
service. Stanford's 1993 Annual Report.
- Although they are working on a database interface, at the
moment the University of California at Berkeley
provides access to their TR's via an NCSTRL entry point.
Berkeley's 1993 Annual
- The CS-TR project developed a standard bibliographic
record with most fields optional, to demonstrate the gap
between standard cataloguing practice and the requirements of a
digital library. It was first described in network RFC-1357 and later
revised in RFC-1807.
Last update: 2/25/1998, by jhs
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