NCBI needs help
kristoff at genbank.bio.net
Mon Jul 6 13:18:46 EST 1992
CZJ at CU.NIH.GOV writes:
>Without getting involved in the current arguments, I would like to
>correct one point. When GenBank was originally conceived, there were
>to be two parts: one for the development, maintenance and
>distribution of the database and the other for software development.
>Due to lack of funds the second part was not begun.
>I would also remind people of the long history of the development and
>distribution of software by the government through the PROPHET
>contract. The fact that this effort is coming to completion and
>entering a maintenance phase is due in large part to the ability
>of the commercial sector to provide better products.
Jim has been involved with GenBank at NIH since the early days while I
am a relative newcomer, so my thanks for the clarification. My
knowledge of early databank history is all second(or more)-hand.
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