NCBI needs help

David Kristofferson kristoff at
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 Cassatt

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.

Dave Kristofferson

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