This past year has given rise to a tremendous increase in the number of Biopharmaceutical statisticians gaining access to the Internet. Along with that, however, there has been a huge growth in the number of interesting resources, sometimes making it an ominous task for the new user to find out what is available. This article will highlight many of these resources, attempting to give a starting point to both new and experienced Internet users.

There are several types of relevant resources and tools, collectively referred to as "The Internet"; mailing lists, newsgroups (USENET), the WWW (World Wide Web), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), TELNET, and GOPHER are the more common ones. This article will address the World Wide Web.

The World Wide Web (WWW), also known as "The Web", has taken off at an amazingly fast pace over the last year. Web browsers (the software used to access the Web) have become both amazingly sophisticated in what they can do and simple to use. The most popular browsers are Netscape (Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX), Mosaic (Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX), and Lynx (UNIX). Also, several Internet providers have proprietary browsers. Both Netscape and Mosaic are available without charge (via FTP) for individual use.

The Council of Sections of the ASA has recently formed a committee to get a Web site for the ASA and its Sections. The main site (i.e., home page) for ASA is at http://www.amstat.org/ . The ASA site covers a wide range of material. Consequently, it is an excellent place to begin a search for information. In addition to general ASA information and news, it includes a 6 month calendar of events, Section pages, Chapter pages, details of national, regional, and local meetings, schools granting degrees in statistics, and links to other Statistical Societies, electronic resources, and granting agencies.

Several Sections of ASA (Section on Bayesian Statistical Science, Section on Quality and Productivity, Section on Statistical Consulting, and Section on Statistical Graphics) now have sites up and running. All of these are accessible from the ASA home page. A first draft of the Biopharmaceutical Section home page should be available, as well, by the time this issue of Biopharmaceutical Report goes to press.

A few other statistical organizations also have Web sites. In
addition, there are many, many other useful sites available. At
the end of this article is a list that I've compiled (building
on the work of too many others to credit) of *some *relevant
sites. These sites cover a tremendous range of materials. There
are sites whose sole purpose is to index other sites. There are
electronic journals and electronic versions of documents available
in print. There are government agency sites. There are sites containing
statistical programs. There are sites containing statistical mailing
list information. There are pages where you can look up e-mail
addresses of colleagues. In addition, there are many sites which
are temporary in that they contain information which will quickly
become outdated, e.g., conference schedules and abstracts; because
of their temporary nature, these are not included in the list
at the end of this article. The Web has exploded to the extent
that compiling a complete list of statistical and biopharmaceutical
sites would be a monumental, never-ending task. Fortunately, most
sites have links to other relevant sites, so tracking down a specific
piece of information is generally straightforward. The sites listed
below only represent a small percentage of the amount of information
available.

Have fun!

**Composite Resources/Good Starting Points:**

- http://www.yahoo.com/
- Yahoo (not a statistical site, but a wonderful search engine which frequently will find the site you're looking for)
- http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/
- StatLib
- http://www.stat.ufl.edu/
- University of Florida Statistics Virtual Library
- http://www.indiana.edu/~statmath/network.html
- Stat/Math Resources on the World Wide Web
- http://www.isds.duke.edu/stats-sites.html
- Statistics Servers & Many Other Links (including links to Statistical Departments around the World)
- http://www.biostat.washington.edu/Xvlib/
- Univ. of Washington Biostatistics Virtual Library
- http://www.biostat.washington.edu/~arossini/stat-services/
- Guide to Biostatistics Information Sources
- http://asa.ugl.lib.umich.edu/chdocs/statistics/general.html
- Guide to General Statistical Resources
- http://fourier.dur.ac.uk:8000/stats/other.html
- Guide to Statistics Resources

**Statistical Societies:**

- http://www.stat.sc.edu/~piegorsc/enar.html
- ENAR
- http://www.stat.unipg.it/iasc.html
- International Association for Statistical Computing
- http://www.mathstat.flinders.edu.au/stats/stat_soc.html
- The Statistical Society of Australia Inc
- http://www.math.ruu.nl/bernoulli/
- The Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics & Probability
- http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~ssc
- Statistical Society of Canada

**Statistical Mailing Lists:**

- http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/allstat/introduction.html
- ALLSTAT
- http://www.AMS.Med.Uni-Goettingen.DE/~rhilger/Biometry.html
- Hilgers' Links to Biometry
- http://www.AMS.Med.Uni-Goettingen.DE/~rhilger/ListS_B.html
- ListServer Biometry
- http://www.AMS.Med.Uni-Goettingen.DE/Mail/biometry/
- ListServer Biometry Archives
- gopher://nisp.ncl.ac.uk/00/lists-k-o/minitab/files/list-of-lists
- List of Statistics Lists

**Statistical Computing:**

- http://www.sas.com/
- SAS Institute
- ftp://ftp.sas.com/
- SAS Institute
- gopher://gopher.uga.edu:8999/11/UGA%20Departments/sug
- SAS User Group Gopher: U.niv. of Georgia
- gopher://gopher.vt.edu:10010/02/5/62
- SAS/GRAPH Version 6 Tutorial & Handbook
- http://www.nsf.gov/
- National Science Foundation Home Page
- http://www.research.att.com/cgi-wald/dbaccess/32
- netlib (Mathematical and Statistical Software)
- http://www.spss.com/
- SPSS
- gopher://gopher.vt.edu:10010/02/5/127
- Guide to Using SPSS
- http://www.statsci.com/
- StatSci (S-Plus) Home Page
- http://www.stat.math.ethz.ch/~roosen/S-faq.html
- Frequently Asked Questions about S and S-Plus
- http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/s-news/
- S-news Archive
- http://asa.ugl.lib.umich.edu/chdocs/statistics/stat_guide_home.html
- A Guide to Statistical Computing Resources on the Internet
- http://stat.umn.edu/~rcode/xlispstat-resources.html
- Xlisp-Stat Home Page
- http://www.graphpad.com/www/welcome.html
- GraphPad Software Home Page
- http://www-prophet.bbn.com/
- Prophet Software

**Electronic Journals/Bulletins:**

- http://wwwmaths.anu.edu.au/ims/
- Institute of Mathematical Statistics Bulletin
- http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/pams/stat/info/jse/homepage.html
- Journal of Statistics Education
- http://www.stat.ucla.edu/journals/jss/
- Journal of Statistical Software
- http://www.emath.fr/ps/psEng.html
- European Series in Applied and Industrial Mathematics: Probability and Statistics

**E-Mail Directories:**

- http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~ssc/members.html
- Statistical Society of Canada Electronic Mail Directory
- http://fourier.dur.ac.uk:8000/stats/edas/
- e-Directory of Academic Statisticians [searches: UK DAS, Allstat, Bayes-news, Stat-l, Edstat-l, & Sci.stat.* posters for any last name you specify!]
- http://www.ictp.trieste.it/Canessa/ENTRIES/entries.html
- WHO's Online [e-mail addresses & brief biographies by profession, no statisticians yet]
- http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/
- directory UK Directory of Academic Statisticians

**Government Agencies/Research Centers:**

- http://www.fedworld.gov/
- FedWorld Information Network
- http://www.cdc.gov/
- Centers for Disease Control
- http://www.os.dhhs.gov/
- US Department of Health & Human Services
- http://www.fda.gov/fdahomepage.html
- FDA
- http://www.nih.gov
- National Institutes of Health
- http://text.nlm.nih.gov:80/ahcpr/ahcpr.html
- Agency for Health Policy and Research Guidelines
- http://www.os.dhhs.gov:80/resdata.html
- Department of Health & Human Services Research & Data
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
- National Center for Biotechnology Information
- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/top_level.dir/nlm_online_info.html
- National Library of Medicine Online Information Services
- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/extramural_research.dir/visible_gallery.html
- National Library of Medicine Images from the Visible Human Project
- http://www.open.gov.uk/mca/mcahome.htm
- Medicines Control Agency, UK
- http://s700.uminho.pt/ec.html
- European Community Home Page
- http://www.who.ch/
- The World Health Organization
- http://www.fhcrc.org
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- http://www.law.vill.edu/Fed-Agency/fedwebloc.html
- Federal Web Locator (includes access to Code of Federal Regulations)

**Other:**

- http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~behrens/teach/WWW_data.html
- Dr. B's Wide World of Web Data
- http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~behrens/
- Research Methods Resources from College of Education Arizona State University
- http://www.exit109.com/~zaweb/pjp
- Health Economics, Medicine and Pharmacy
- http://cns.bio.com/bio.html
- BIO-Online (Biotechnology information)

If you'd like to be a part of the development process of the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Home Page and links, please contact me at sally@sgreenberg.org .