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Paper: Gopher and World Wide Web - Successors to FTP
Volume: 61, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems III
Page: 10
Authors: Jackson, Robert E.
Abstract: The Internet Gopher client/server provides the ``glue'' by which an information provider can build an information system. Gopher can access FTP, Telnet, Gopher, WAIS, and other information sources which are distributed across multiple locations. Gopher provides local and global information discovery tools which aid the user in finding the desired information. Gopher servers are easy to set up and maintain and can serve multiple simultaneous users with only a small CPU impact. The World Wide Web can access Gopher and other information sources but presents the user with a hypertext document instead of a menu. The hypertext document can provide more descriptive information about the resource than is possible in a Gopher menu. Layering World Wide Web on top of Gopher provides additional meta-knowledge about the underlying information and aids in the information discovery process.
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