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BIOSCI/Bionet is a set of electronic communication forums - the bionet USENET newsgroups and parallel e-mail lists - used by biological scientists worldwide. No fees are charged for the service.
Discussion of Bionet's future can proceed on the list Bionet.general, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and any bioscience reader may join this discussion. Suggestions and comments may also be emailed to this author, please request anonymity if desired.
-- Don Gilbert. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are continuing values in this communication forum, as there are costs, outlined in this report. Bionet includes 30 active discussion groups, with 15,000 subscribers, distributed by E-mail and Usenet. Topics include molecular biology methods, bioinformatics software and computational biology, general announcements and news, and several animals and plant communities including annelida, arabidopsis, fruitfly, maize, medicago, and zebrafish.
A host organization that will maintain or expand this unique resource is sought. Suggestions include (1) an established biology-oriented center that already maintains public E-mail lists with the popular GNU-Mailman system used by Biosci; (2) open-access science communication credentials; (3) possible re-location to an Old World home, in Europe or Asia-Pacific, as Bionet receives continuing high use from these areas. The alternative of a new institutional home for Bionet will be up to group members, with options of commercial offerings like Google Groups, Twitter, FaceBook, and others.
See DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27523v1
BIOSCI promotes communication between professionals in the biological sciences. All postings to the newsgroups should be made in that spirit. While the general public may "listen in" to the discussions, these newsgroups are intended primarily for communications between researchers. There are other forums on Usenet such as sci.bio.misc for the asking and answering of biological questions from lay persons.
Bionet/BIOSCI staff recommend that you consider using Usenet for Bionet
discussions. Learn more about Newsgroups and Network News at
Newsgroup Reviews, www.newsgroupreviews.com
Bionet staff and community appreciate the Usenet services provided via Newsgroup Reviews (2010), as well as prior Newsgroup services from Purdue University (2006-2009), and Indiana University (2005-2006).