CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
A world-wide cooperative program called the Internet
1996 World Exposition has been formed by a non-profit organization
"park.org" to demonstrate the potential of what the Internet
can do in terms of distributing information to the world population.
Thailand's Internet community, during the APNIC 1996 meeting
in Singapore, has decided to participate in this event. Like other Expo
Fairs, exhibitors set up their own "Pavilions" using their own
Apart from efforts on the Thailand
World-Wide Web Virtual Library and the Thailand-specific portion of
the More on Asia page,
information throughout the Thai cyberspace is largely unconnected, duplicated,
outdated and even, in some cases, inaccurate. Little effort has been
put into coordinating world-wide web publishers to work on
different subjects, yet produce documents with high quality content,
presentation and usefulness.
For these reasons, a web construction team is being formed to maintain
a world-wide web site, "expo.or.th", as a central site to
general information about Thailand and provide links to all Thailand-based
pavilions which will participate in the Internet 1996 World Exposition
This is a good opportunity for the Thai Internet community to keep the
world informed of what network resources are available in Thailand. It
is also a good opportunity to promote an informed understanding of Thailand.
By launching this project, we expect the following outcomes:
- We will establish ourselves as a neutral body producing information
pertaining to Thailand and the Thais.
- We hope this program to be a catalyst to increase the popularity and
acceptance of the world wide web technology among Thai people.
- With respect to the needs for Thai language capability under world
wide web, we hope to find the best strategy in setting up web servers and
hypertext documents which, instead of distributing Thai text as-is as
an 8-bit code as many servers are doing now, comply to the
and ISO/IEC JTC1 standards and directives in addition to compliance to
the Thai National Standards.
- With efforts that Thai Pavilion volunteers will be putting in throughout
the life of this program, we will donate the results of these efforts to
a National Server which provides permanent open access to everyone.
We will not let the efforts our volunteers have, are and will be making
to disappear after the termination of this program.
- We hope our multimedia Thai cultural programs will be useful to those
interested in the subject. We hope to produce original but authentic pieces
of interesting information for a better understanding of Thai culture.
- We hope to be a major information server for people to try out and see
what bandwidth is suitable for what application.
- We will provide bandwidth, disk space, and computing resources for
good information to provide it better exposure.
- We hope our certification badge will be an accepted proof of quality.
We expect our open review process will stimulate Thai people to put their
information online for public access.
- On our server, we expect to launch a new world wide web page, being either
a new pavilion or a noteworthy event, every other week or more frequently.
How to participate
This message calls for voluntary participation from those who are willing
to be involved in the following categories:
- Participation in a general mailing list which will discuss
anything which is related to Thailand-based Pavilions
- Participation in a world-wide web document publication effort at the
central site. Contact the Webmaster
- Running a server with Thailand specific information, either
without the certification program
Since this project is completely unfunded, participants in this
project will not be paid. Donations to the project in terms of financial
support will not be accepted as there is no official organization to issue
a receipt. Assistance to the project can be made in terms of long term loan
of equipment, software and/or donation of brain power and labour.
Questions regarding this program can be directed to the Organizer.
Created: March 13, 1996.
Last Updated: June 21, 1996
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