In our current arrangement, the FreeHEP collection, reviews, etc. are kept in a simple easily updated form on the ftp machine freehep.scri.fsu.edu. The software compilation is then absorbed into a server for CERNs "WorldWide Web"(WWW) and is thus made available as global hypertext. The collection is also imported into the SLAC SPIRES system which then provides data base operations also via hypertext. Communication of information about freehep is done through the NNTP news group hepnet.freehep.
Since it's inception in June, 1992, use of the FreeHEP compilation has steadily grown. As of August, 1993, more than 12,000 files have been fetched from more than 1200 internet sites from all over the world:
[The number of sites using FreeHEP continues to grow. In the last week, the total number of sites has increased to 1311. S.Y. 8/22/93]
This list only includes direct access by ftp. There may be many more people who primarily use our www interface (written by Tony Johnson).
The FreeHEP compilation is kept up by subject area editors who have volunteered their time and expertise to do this.
Since the start of FreeHEP, we have expanded the subject areas covered including new initiatives in C++ by Leif Lonnblad (Lund/DESY) and in Lattice Field Theory by Marcus Speh (DESY). Leif Lonnblad is also organizing the CLHEP HEP C++ class library project which is distributed from the freehep ftp machine.
FreeHEP was first proposed in the 1991 HEPLIB meeting at the SSC Lab as an extension of an earlier compilation by Andrea Palounek and Saul Youssef. The initial organization of FreeHEP was done by Andrea Palounek, Tony Johnson and Saul Youssef. Comments, suggestions and especially contributions are always welcome and can be directed to any of the editors or to the hepnet.freehep news group.
More documentation on FreeHEP can be found in the freehep_documents directory.