"Users Interface to the INTERNET"

A workshop, "Users Interface to the INTERNET," was held on December 23-27th in Donetsk with Donetsk State Technical University (DonSTU) as its host. The workshop was organized in the framework of an Institutional Partnerships Project (IPP) with the participation of the University City Science Center (UCSC) of Philadelphia, PA USA. The IPP is funded by USAID and administered through the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).The main aim of the workshop was understanding what for us is a new medium - the medium of the largest computer network in the world - the INTERNET. The Internet serves as the basis for electronic communication among individuals and whole nations without governmental interference, and promotes the development of mutual understanding and cooperation through a variety of types of projects. Having broken the information vacuum, the scientific potential of our University will find life-giving forces for its development in this medium.

There were 27 participants at the workshop, among them 26 academics and scientists from the University. They came from 9 faculties, from the largest divisions of the International Cooperation Institute who work with foreign partners, and as well, from the Technology and Innovation and the Energy Management Centers of DonSTU.

An analysis of the entrant questionnaires completed by the participants of the workshop showed the following:
about 60% of the listeners had some initial knowledge, but wanted to make this wider and more systematic;
the participants listed their main areas of interest in the INTERNET as: scientific, educational (including distance learning) and commercial;
about 65% of listeners intend to use the INTERNET to expand the implementation of their scientific achievements and developments;
38% of the participants consider it wise to create their own Home Page on the INTERNET.

The Participants and University representatives took a keen interest in the workshop. During its work the Organizing Committee and The Technology and Innovation Center received more than 50 requests to continue and expand the training and to expand the number of places for participants.

The workshop has made it possible to form a group of specialists at the University capable of implementing a project to expand access to the WWW network for the faculty and students of the University. The workshop achieved its goals, and the questionnaires the end of the workshop were solid evidence of that.

Thirty copies of the book, The Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalogue, written by Ed Krol, were presented to the participants and the library of DonSTU:

In accordance with the plans of DonSTU and UCSC, the second and the third stages of the DonSTU training for local area network specialists, will take place at Kiev FreeNet in February 1997. Local network programmers and managers will be trained there. The number going for this advanced, technical training is not large - it will be only for the six people who will shoulder the burdens and obligations of the further, advanced development of the DonSTU local area network.