The SOS server comprises three different but complementary web sections, being SOS Europe, SOS Italia, and the Break IT project. The SOS Europe service provides information on European funding programmes and project proposal calls for oncology research; training grants; congress and symposia news; fellowships; and on-line publications and resources. SOS Italia is the national equivalent of SOS Europe. In co-operation with the network of Italian Comprehensive Cancer Centres, SOS Italia strives at being formally recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health as a focal point for co-ordination of all Web-based cancer information and services which are requested by the Italian oncology research community. SOS Italia also offers a Virtual Cancer Library.
In April 1999, the accumulated number of hits for the SOS server climbed to 16.000. In one year's time, the total amount has doubled to approximately 33.000 hits. For a Web site focusing on a specialised topic such as oncology, this is a very good result, as stated by Dr. Motta. The SOS staff also delivers information via e-mail and receives some 25 to 30 requests a day. Thanks to the innovative ADSL technology, tele-teaching and the possibility of learning via the Web will become a vivid reality for the SOS server users in the very near future. A series of projects is now ready to start and SOS will be a partner in one of them.
More details on the service are available at the home page of the SOS server. For information about the Break IT project, please read the January 1998 VMW article WebCDs and Push technologies lined up against breast cancer to try and "Break IT".