The Gerontologist, Vol 36, Issue 1 100-105, Copyright © 1996 by The Gerontological Society of America
Gero-informatics and the Internet: locating gerontology information on the World Wide Web (WWW)
RD Ellis, TB Jankowski, JE Jasper and A Abdul
Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA.
The Internet, and in particular the World Wide Web (WWW), are growing at a
tremendous rate. Information useful to researchers and practitioners in
gerontology is scattered and hard to locate, even for experts in the use of
the WWW. In order to locate and organize access to this material, a WWW
server was developed for gerontologists, using state-of-the-art Internet
search techniques. This report provides background on the WWW, reasons for
its growth, its potential usefulness to gerontologists, and the results of
an exhaustive search of over 300 potential sites. Relevant information was
discovered in 5 general categories of gerontology-related information:
academic institutions, government agencies, biomedical and health research
institutions, general interest sites and data archives.