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appear on the user's computer. Hypermedia is the foundation of the WWW. Media
refers to the type of data that users find on the Internet (audio, file, graphic, text, or
movie). Hypermedia is a new way of connecting this media together in a non-linear
fashion. For example, if a document mentions the space shuttle taking off, the user
can choose to see a picture of the shuttle taking off, move into a history of the
shuttle program, and then move back to the original document. Mosaic, a WWW
viewer, is an Internet browsing tool that provides greater functionality than Gopher. At
present, WWW services are being implemented at many DOE facilities and at DOE
Headquarters. However, WWW is not yet fully available through TIS. Therefore, the
exchange of DOE lessons learned will initially focus on use of the Gopher services.
Use of WWW services will be explored in the near future (FY96).
System Requirements for Accessing DOE Lessons Learned
The preferred (and suggested) method for obtaining access to the DOELLIS is through
the use of client software in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) platform such as
Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX X-Windows. Software is available for each of these
platforms that provides a consistent user interface.
IBM PC Compatible
System requirements for IBM/IBM compatible computers include MS DOS 3.1 or
higher, Windows 3.1 or higher, 5 MB disk space, 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended),
80386 or higher CPU, high speed modem (9600 minimum, 14.4 recommended) or
network adapter card, Windows Sockets 1.1 API for Windows compliant client software.
System requirements for Macintosh computers include system 6 operating system or
higher, 5 MB disk space, 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended), high speed modem (9600
minimum, 14.4 recommended) or network adapter card, TCP/IP Connection for
Non-Electronic Dissemination Methods
There are many options available for sharing lessons learned across the DOE complex.
Electronic methods of dissemination (i.e., information storage and retrieval systems,
electronic mail, and lessons learned bulletin boards) are envisioned as one means by
which lessons learned information will be shared across the DOE complex. Because
electronic dissemination has limitations and may not fully serve all necessary staff (e.g.,
field workers that do not have immediate access to computers), additional non-
electronic options are provided below. Many of these options have already been
implemented by organizations across DOE.
Interpersonal Information Exchange
Many workshops, meetings, seminars, conferences, and other types of interpersonal
communication and information exchange take place across DOE. Exchanges are both