BIOSCI Newsgroups Information

David Kristofferson kristoff at GENBANK.BIO.NET
Wed Jan 1 04:01:01 EST 1992


               THE BIOSCI ELECTRONIC NEWSGROUP NETWORK

The BIOSCI newsgroup 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 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 Internet, USENET, BITNET, EARN, NETNORTH, HEANET, and
JANET.  Also below is a list of the various sites (nodes) that
distribute the newsgroups, the address format for posting messages,
and the addresses used for subscription/cancellation requests.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO USENET NEWS YOU DO NOT NEED AN
E-MAIL SUBSCRIPTION!!  WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL INTERESTED USERS TO
EXPLORE GETTING USENET NEWS AT YOUR SITE.  PLEASE CONSULT YOUR SYSTEMS
MANAGER OR CONTACT biosci at genbank.bio.net FOR ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED.


NEWSGROUP NAME               TOPIC
--------------               -----
AGEING                       Scientific Interest Group
AGROFORESTRY                 Scientific Interest Group
ARABIDOPSIS                  Newsgroup for the Arabidopsis Genome Project
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
CHROMOSOME-22                Mapping and Sequencing of Human Chromosome 22
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **     Mathematical and computer applications in biology
EMBL-DATABANK                Messages to and from the EMBL database staff
EMPLOYMENT                   Job opportunities
GENBANK-BB                   Messages to and from the GenBank database staff
GENETIC-LINKAGE              Newsgroup for genetic linkage analysis
GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION         Scientific Interest Group
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        Discussions about the molecular biology of HIV
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM         NIH-sponsored newsgroup on human genome issues
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS         Requests for information and lab reagents
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION          Scientific Interest Group
NEUROSCIENCE                 Scientific Interest Group
POPULATION-BIOLOGY           Scientific Interest Group
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS             Scientific Interest Group
SCIENCE-RESOURCES            Information from/about the funding agencies

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.


The lists below include the addresses for posting messages and also
the names of the corresponding UNIX USENET newsgroups.  Messages can
either be posted into the USENET newsgroups using "postnews" or
similar software or they can be submitted by electronic mail to the
mailing addresses given below.  Messages are posted directly to the
newsgroups without editorial intervention (except for groups
designated with **).

USENET users who use the "postnews" or similar software on their local
computer should 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).

Those who use e-mail to post messages should send their mail to the
most convenient of the following four BIOSCI sites.  PLEASE REPLACE
"address" IN THE FOLLOWING LIST WITH THE MAILING ADDRESS OF THE
NEWSGROUP TO WHICH YOU WANT TO POST.  The newsgroup mailing addresses
are in a table further below.

Address                                 Location        Network
-------                                 --------        -------
address at irlearn.ucd.ie                  Ireland         EARN/BITNET
address at uk.ac.daresbury                 U.K.            JANET
address at bmc.uu.se                       Sweden          Internet
address at genbank.bio.net                 U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET


For example, any of the following addresses can be used to post to the
BIONEWS newsgroup:

bionews at irlearn.ucd.ie
bionews at uk.ac.daresbury
bionews at bmc.uu.se
bionews at genbank.bio.net


As another example, any of the following addresses can be used to post
to the HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM newsgroup:

gnome-pr at irlearn.ucd.ie
gnome-pr at uk.ac.daresbury
gnome-pr at bmc.uu.se
gnome-pr at genbank.bio.net


In summary, the part of the posting address to the left of the @ comes
from the list of newsgroups below.  The part of the address to the
right of the @ comes from the list of BIOSCI nodes above.  YOU NEED
ONLY SELECT ONE OF THE FOUR BIOSCI NODES, e.g., @bmc.uu.se , AND USE
IT FOR ALL OF YOUR POSTINGS, e.g. arab-gen at bmc.uu.se for the
ARABIDOPSIS newsgroup.


NEWSGROUP NAME             Mailing Address       USENET Newsgroup Name
--------------             ----------------      ---------------------
AGEING                     AGEING                bionet.molbio.ageing
AGROFORESTRY               AG-FORST              bionet.agroforestry
ARABIDOPSIS                ARAB-GEN              bionet.genome.arabidopsis
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
CHROMOSOME-22              CHROM-22              bionet.genome.chrom22
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY **   COMP-BIO              bionet.biology.computational
EMBL-DATABANK              EMBL-DB               bionet.molbio.embldatabank
EMPLOYMENT                 BIOJOBS               bionet.jobs
GENBANK-BB                 GENBANKB              bionet.molbio.genbank
GENETIC-LINKAGE            GEN-LINK              bionet.molbio.gene-linkage
GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION       GENE-ORG              bionet.molbio.gene-org
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY      HIV-BIOL              bionet.molbio.hiv
HUMAN-GENOME-PROGRAM       GNOME-PR              bionet.molbio.genome-program
METHODS-AND-REAGENTS       METHODS               bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts
MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION        MOL-EVOL              bionet.molbio.evolution
NEUROSCIENCE               NEUR-SCI              bionet.neuroscience
POPULATION-BIOLOGY         POP-BIO               bionet.population-bio
PROTEIN-ANALYSIS           PROTEINS              bionet.molbio.proteins
SCIENCE-RESOURCES          SCI-RES               bionet.sci-resources

** Note that newsgroups flagged with ** are moderated, i.e., postings
are directed to a moderator (editor) who later forwards messages
(possibly edited or condensed) to the newsgroup.



             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 newsgroups, whereas
the BIOSCI node in Ireland allows for automatic subscription at
LISTSERV at IRLEARN.BITNET (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:

**** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ****


                            Address to request
Your Geographical location  subscriptions            BIOSCI node location
--------------------------  ----------------------   --------------------
Scandinavia & Cont. Europe  biosci at bmc.uu.se         Sweden  (Internet)
Ireland and Cont. Europe      (see below!)           Ireland (EARN/BITNET)
United Kingdom              biosci at uk.ac.daresbury   UK      (JANET)
North and South America     biosci at genbank.bio.net   USA     (Internet/BITNET)

E-mail subscriptions can be requested by sending a message listing the
names of the newsgroups to which you wish to subscribe to one of the
addresses above.  Plain English can be used in your subscription
request at all sites except IRLEARN which requires a special format
for automatic processing.  The procedure for automatic subscription
through LISTSERV at IRLEARN.BITNET (primarily for EARN users) is
described further below.  The BIOSCI manager at IRLEARN may be reached
personally by mailing to BIOSCI at IRLEARN.BITNET or
BIOSCI at IRLEARN.UCD.IE.

Users in other locations may contact whichever node is accessed most
conveniently.  Usually Pacific Rim countries are serviced by the USA
node (genbank.bio.net) in California and IRLEARN in Ireland handles
the Middle East, Africa, and central/southern Asia, especially if
these sites are on BITNET.


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

If you have subscribed to a newsgroup and are now leaving an
institution or changing your e-mail address, it is IMPERATIVE that you
send a note to one of the biosci addresses above and cancel your
subscription.  Non-existent addresses or overflowing mailboxes cause
computer mail programs to send back "daemon" messages which might
bother everybody on the newsgroup.  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.


                       Interruption of Service
                       -----------------------

It is our policy to remove any address from our mailing lists which
becomes inaccessible and causes mail to bounce back to the sender.
This might happen to you if your local computer or network fails for a
significant period of time.  If you notice that you are no longer
receiving BIOSCI postings, it may be because your address was removed
for the above reason.  It will be necessary for you to contact your
closest BIOSCI node and resubscribe.  Due to time limitations it is
not possible for us to check back on troublesome addresses.






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 *THE FOLLOWING SECTION IS FOR IRLEARN (European Academic Research Network)*
 *    USERS ONLY!!!  ALL OTHERS PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE!!!      *
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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 newsgroups at IRLEARN, send a message to
LISTSERV at IRLEARN.BITNET or LISTSERV at IRLEARN.UCD.IE containing one of
the following lines in the body of your mail message to select the
newsgroup of interest.  If you want to belong to many different
newsgroups 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....

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  \          Mail the message to LISTSERV at IRLEARN.BITNET             /
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If you wish to cancel your subscription to a bulletin board, please
send a similar message to LISTSERV at IRLEARN.BITNET 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




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




Newsgroup Name               Subscription/Cancellation Command
--------------               -------------------------------------
AGEING                       SUBSCRIBE +AGEING your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF +AGEING
AGROFORESTRY                 SUBSCRIBE AG+FORST your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF AG+FORST
ARABIDOPSIS                  SUBSCRIBE ARAB+GEN your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF ARAB+GEN
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
CHROMOSOME-22                SUBSCRIBE CHROM+22 your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF CHROM+22
COMPUTATIONAL-BIOLOGY        SUBSCRIBE COMP+BIO your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF COMP+BIO
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
GENETIC-LINKAGE              SUBSCRIBE GEN+LINK your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF GEN+LINK
GENOMIC-ORGANIZATION         SUBSCRIBE GENE+ORG your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF GENE+ORG
HIV-MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY        SUBSCRIBE HIV+BIOL your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF HIV+BIOL
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
NEUROSCIENCE                 SUBSCRIBE NEUR+SCI your_personal_name
                               SIGNOFF NEUR+SCI
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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