Why Do We Need a Newsgroup?
rwilson at mov.vic.gov.au
Sun Nov 19 18:17:16 EST 1995
On Sun, 19 Nov 1995, JAMES BLAKE wrote:
> Dear Annelid enthusiasts,
> I have been wondering who would be the first to follow Geoff Read's
> introductory remarks, and because no one has, I decided to do it.
> I would like to solicit comments from the membership as to how they
> anticipate using this medium of communication.
Hello Jim, and other annelid people.
Jim's comments about annelida and listervers were cautionary, but it
seems to me that annelida is potentially very useful, and I hope that it
will be a resource with a high signal to noise ratio. In other words, it
won't bother me a bit if all is quiet for substantial periods!
Many of us are now building databases of taxa and references. I suggest
that it would be very useful if we were to design a form for exchanging
data, and to use these forms to post to the list all new taxa and all
references in a a format that we could all use to import to our own
databases. To begin with, this will obviously be a very incomplete
survey of annelid work, but I would hope and expect that it will grow and
eventually become commonplace. The very useful bibliographies that Geoff
puts in Chaetozone are a good example of how this could work. Maybe one
day we won't need to pay Biosis and others for on-line searches.
I could post a suggested "new taxon" form if there was any sort of interest in
this idea ...
Robin Wilson rwilson at mov.vic.gov.au
Museum of Victoria
71 Victoria Crescent telephone 61-3 9284 0216
Abbotsford Victoria fax 61-3 9416 0475
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