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This is an old project. It started in 1995 when I observed that large national OR/MS societies were very slow in exploiting the WWW for the delivery of new services to members.
The idea was to put useful information on the WWW for the benefit of the international OR/MS community. The reaction was fantastic.
In contrast to other such sites at the time, my intention was to provide not only static information typically consisting of links to other site where some useful text/graphics files could be found, but also dynamic material, that is material that the user can interact with. This lead to a number of projects that later on were consolidated into the tutOR project. The proposed virtual encyclopedia for OR/MS became an IFORS project called IOE (short for IFORS Online Encyclopedia for Operations Reseach and Managment Science). IOE also included the PhD Dissertation directory - originally a WORMS project. This project is dormant now.
Today the WORMS web site is essentially a static creature with pointers to other - active - sites that were originally created as WORMS projects.
For obvious reasons, over the years the site attracted numerous visitors looking for information about real worms. The following is a small sample of typical queries of this type:Delivered-To: email@example.com Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 11:41:09 +1000 From: ???? Public School ????????? Subject: WORMS To: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Accept-Language: en Status: RO DEAR WORM FARMERS, I ???? WHICH IS TYPING AND ???? WHO IS HELPING ME , WE WOULD LIKE TO LEARN A BIT MORE ABOUT WORMS. THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW,WHERE THEY LIVE,WHAT THEY EAT,WHAT THEIR PRAEDITERS ARE, ALL THE KINDS OF WORMS THERE ARE.
Delivered-To: email@example.com Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 12:26:35 -0400 From: ???????? Subject: Worms To: firstname.lastname@example.org Importance: Normal X-Priority: 3 (Normal) A three year old would like to know "how come worms have no bones?" ????? <mailto:???????>???????
Delivered-To: email@example.com Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 01:04:57 -0400 (EDT) From: ??????? Subject: worms To: firstname.lastname@example.org Status: RO X-Status: X-Keywords: X-UID: 9897 hi! im writing to because i found worms in my back yard. they are about 1and a half inch long white in color and they tried to bite me. i dont know what they are. they only come out when it rains.are these earthworms. i have never seen them before. could you email me to let me know. email address is ??????? thank you
Delivered-To: email@example.com Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 13:23:24 +1000 From: ?????????? Subject: How do worms reproduce? Status: RO To Whom It May Concern: I know this is probably a weird question but a co-worker and I started discussing worms and she said she saw a pregnant earthworm and when she was asked how did she know it was pregnant, she stated that it had a hump on it. I don't mean to be ignorant but is it possible? Then the question came, how do worms reproduce? Good Question Huh??? Can you answer it? Write back soon ????????
In any case, I plan to keep the web site alive indefinitely. If you have any interesting OR/MS jokes/anecdotes I shall be happy to add them to the collection I still maintain on WORMS.
Disclaimer: This page, its contents and style, are the responsibility of the author (Moshe Sniedovich) and do not represent the views, policies or opinions of The University of Melbourne.
Disclaimer: This page, its contents and style, are the responsibility of the author (Moshe Sniedovich) and do not represent the views, policies or opinions of the organizations he is associated/affiliated with.