Disseminating Biosystematic Information on the World Wide Web
In 1796, George Washington, in his farewell address to his
fellow-countrymen, said: "Promote, then, as an object of primary
importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In
proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public
opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be
enlightened." Thirty years later an Englishman, James Smithson, as
though influenced by these words, bequeathed the whole of his
property to the United States of America in trust "to found at
Washington an establishment for the increase and diffusion of
knowledge among men." ... William McKinley (22 June 1897)
This section of our site was established during the 150th
birthday celebration of the Smithsonian Institution to demonstrate
in a small way how the knowledge about flies continues to be
increased and diffused in Washington to fulfill the challange of
our first President and the wishes of an Englishman.
Presentations on electronic dissemination of information
Disseminating Biosystematic Information on the World Wide Web, Jennifer E. Fairman and F. Christian Thompson, 150th Birthday Celebration on the Mall, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, August 10-11, 1996.
Disseminating Biosystematic Information: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow F. Christian Thompson, XX International Congress of Entomology, Firenze, Italy, 27 August 1996.
Electronic Publishing: Delivering the Goods to the Public, Jennifer E. Fairman and F. Christian Thompson, National Conference of the Entomological Society of America, Louisville, Kentucky, December 11, 1996.
About this Web Site: Our vision and how we are working toward achieving it F. Christian Thompson & Jennifer Fairman
Internet and the World Wide Web, Jennifer E. Fairman , National
Conference of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, DC,