BIOSCI Newsgroups Information

David Kristofferson kristoff at GENBANK.BIO.NET
Sat Dec 1 04:01:04 EST 1990


                  THE BIOSCI BULLETIN BOARD NETWORK

The BIOSCI bulletin board network was developed to allow easy
worldwide communications between biological scientists who work on a
variety of computer networks.  By having distribution sites or "nodes"
on each major network, BIOSCI allows its users to contact people on
other networks around the world without having to learn a variety of
computer addressing tricks.  Any user can simply post a message to
his/her regional BIOSCI node (see list below) and copies of the
message will be distributed automatically to all other subscribers on
all of the participating networks.

The following is a list of newsgroup topics available for distribution
to sites on the ARPANET/Internet, BITNET, EARN, NETNORTH, HEANET, and
JANET as well as UUCP sites.  For each of these bboards, BITNET name
abbreviations and analogous UNIX USENET newsgroup names are provided
in a second list below.  Also below is a list of the various sites
(nodes) that distribute the bboards, the address format for posting
messages, and the addresses used for subscription requests.


BBOARD NAME                  TOPIC
-----------                  -----
AGEING                       Scientific Interest Group
AGROFORESTRY                 Scientific Interest Group
BIONAUTS                     Address & other info about biologists on networks
BIONEWS                      General announcements of widespread
                                interest to biologists
BIO-JOURNALS                 Tables of Contents of biological journals
BIO-MATRIX                   Applications of computers to biological databases
BIO-SOFTWARE                 Information on software for the
                                biological sciences
EMBL-DATABANK                Messages to and from the EMBL database staff
EMPLOYMENT                   Job opportunities
GENBANK-BB                   Messages to and from the GenBank database staff
GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION         Scientific Interest Group
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         NIH-sponsored newsgroup on human genome issues
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS         Requests for information and lab reagents
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Scientific Interest Group
POPULATION-BIOLOGY           Scientific Interest Group
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Scientific Interest Group
SCIENCE-RESOURCES            Information from/about the funding agencies


The following list includes BITNET newsgroup names (<= 8 characters)
and also the names of the corresponding UNIX USENET newsgroups.

Messages can be posted directly to any of these newsgroups without
editorial intervention.  Use the address format

                         bboardname at nodename

where "bboardname" comes from either the left or middle column below
and "nodename" is found at the bottom of the respective column.

For example, the BIOSCI node at SERC Daresbury in the U.K. utilizes
the BITNET names and is thus listed below the middle column in the
following list.  To post a message to the METHODS-AND-REAGENTS
newsgroup, U.K. users would mail to methods at uk.ac.daresbury.

USENET users can also post news directly to the USENET groups listed
below by using the "postnews" software on their local UNIX computer.
Be sure to set the message distribution to "world."  USENET groups are
read using, e.g., the "readnews," "rn," or "vnews" software on UNIX
systems.  USENET news software is in the public domain and is
available for most UNIX systems.  A public domain USENET news software
package named ANU-NEWS is also available for VAX/VMS systems.  Your
local BIOSCI node can point you towards acquiring the software for use
on your computer system (BIOSCI addresses below).


BBOARD NAME                BITNET/EARN Name      USENET Newsgroup Name
-----------                ----------------      ---------------------
AGEING                     AGEING                bionet.molbio.ageing
AGROFORESTRY               AG-FORST              bionet.agroforestry
BIONAUTS                   BIO-NAUT              bionet.users.addresses
BIONEWS                    BIONEWS               bionet.general
BIO-JOURNALS               BIO-JRNL              bionet.journals.contents
BIO-MATRIX                 BIOMATRX              bionet.molbio.bio-matrix
BIO-SOFTWARE               BIO-SOFT              bionet.software
EMBL-DATABANK              EMBL-DB               bionet.molbio.embldatabank
EMPLOYMENT                 BIOJOBS               bionet.jobs
GENBANK-BB                 GENBANKB              bionet.molbio.genbank
GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION       GENE-ORG              bionet.molbio.gene-org
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM       GNOME-PR              bionet.molbio.genome-program
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS       METHODS               bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION        MOL-EVOL              bionet.molbio.evolution
POPULATION-BIOLOGY         POP-BIO               bionet.population-bio
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS           PROTEINS              bionet.molbio.proteins
SCIENCE-RESOURCES          SCI-RES               bionet.sci-resources

Node Addresses             Node Addresses
for left column  location  for middle column  location
---------------  --------  -----------------  --------
bmc.uu.se        (Sweden)  irlearn.ucd.ie     (Ireland)
genbank.bio.net  (U.S.A.)  uk.ac.daresbury    (U.K.)
                           genbank.bio.net    (U.S.A.)


             Subscription Requests and other Information
             -------------------------------------------

There are FOUR main BIOSCI nodes. The BIOSCI nodes in Sweden, UK, and
USA all have managers who can add new members to the Bboards, whereas
the BIOSCI node in Ireland allows for automatic subscription at
LISTSERV at IRLEARN (see detailed instructions on LISTSERV use below).
To make the management/debugging of the BIOSCI network easier and to
minimize network traffic, it would be most helpful if the following
guidelines could be adhered to:

Your Geographical location   subscription address     BIOSCI node location
--------------------------   ----------------------   --------------------
Scandinavia & Cont. Europe   biosci at bmc.uu.se         Sweden  (Internet)
Ireland and Cont. Europe     LISTSERV at IRLEARN         Ireland (EARN/BITNET)
United Kingdom               biosci at uk.ac.daresbury   UK      (JANET)
North and South America      biosci at genbank.bio.net   USA     (Internet/BITNET)

NOTE:  The procedure for automatic subscription through
LISTSERV at IRLEARN (primarily for EARN users) is described further
below.  The BIOSCI manager at IRLEARN may be reached by mailing to
BIOSCI at IRLEARN.


                       Canceling Subscriptions
                       -----------------------

If you have subscribed to a Bboard and are now leaving an institution
or changing your e-mail address, then it is IMPERATIVE that you
send a note to one of the addresses above and cancel your subscription.
Non-existant addresses or overflowing mailboxes cause computer mail
programs to send back "daemon" messages which bother everybody on the
Bboard.  We will immediately remove any address causing such a problem,
but would prefer it if you would notify us in advance as a courtesy to
the rest of the user community.

                          ------------------

       NOTE TO EARN (European Academic Research Network) USERS

Currently the LISTSERV service which allows automatic subscription is
available from IRLEARN (NOT from any of the other BIOSCI nodes!).  To
subscribe to any of the Bboards at IRLEARN, send a message to
LISTSERV at IRLEARN containing one of the following lines in the body of
your mail message to select the Bboard of interest.  If you want to
belong to many different Bboards then send all the subscriptions at
once in a BATCH mail file.

Replace your_personal_name in the list below with your own name.  For
example:

SUBSCRIBE +BIONEWS John A. Doe
SUBSCRIBE BIO+SOFT John A. Doe
etc....

  *#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#
  \              Mail the message to LISTSERV at IRLEARN                /
   *   PLEASE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE DIRECTLY TO THE NEWSGROUP ADDRESS    *
    #*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

If you wish to cancel your subscription to a bulletin board, please
send a similar message to LISTSERV at IRLEARN replacing SUBSCRIBE with
the word SIGNOFF and omit your name, e.g., use simply

SIGNOFF +BIONEWS

It is also possible to cancel all LISTSERV subscriptions with a single
command:

SIGNOFF * (NETWIDE

 #*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#
  * PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR SIGNOFF MESSAGE TO THE NEWSGROUP ITSELF *
   #*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

    Both subscription and cancellation requests are to be sent to
                          LISTSERV at IRLEARN.


Bboard Name                  Subscription/Cancellation Command
-----------                  -------------------------------------
AGEING                       SUBSCRIBE +AGEING your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +AGEING
AGROFORESTRY                 SUBSCRIBE AG+FORST your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF AG+FORST
BIONAUTS                     SUBSCRIBE BIO+NAUT your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF BIO+NAUT
BIONEWS                      SUBSCRIBE +BIONEWS your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +BIONEWS
BIO-JOURNALS                 SUBSCRIBE BIO+JRNL your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF BIO+JRNL
BIO-MATRIX                   SUBSCRIBE +BIOMATR your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +BIOMATR
BIO-SOFTWARE                 SUBSCRIBE BIO+SOFT your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF BIO+SOFT
EMBL-DATABANK                SUBSCRIBE EMBL+DB your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF EMBL+DB
EMPLOYMENT                   SUBSCRIBE +BIOJOBS your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +BIOJOBS
GENBANK-BB                   SUBSCRIBE +GENBANK your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +GENBANK
GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION         SUBSCRIBE GENE+ORG your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF GENE+ORG
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         SUBSCRIBE GNOME+PR your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF GNOME+PR
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS         SUBSCRIBE +METHODS your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +METHODS
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          SUBSCRIBE MOL+EVOL your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF MOL+EVOL
POPULATION-BIOLOGY           SUBSCRIBE POP+BIO your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF POP+BIO
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             SUBSCRIBE +PROTEIN your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +PROTEIN
SCIENCE-RESOURCES            SUBSCRIBE SCI+RES your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF SCI+RES



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