CALL FOR DISCUSSION: BNFNET-L transfer to BIOSCI.
harper at convex.csc.FI
Wed Feb 3 06:08:50 EST 1993
I would just like to thank Dave and Jackie for proposing
the establishment on BNFNET-L on the BioSci network.
To give some background information about BNFNET-L
This list has been running for a couple of years now, and
it has over 130 members. I have been involved as co-list owner
with Jackie Foo. We originally started the list at the 8th
International Conference on Nitrogen Fixation which was held
in Knoxville USA.
The participants on the list have steadily grown and some famous
laboratories on nif research are members of the list... the Sprent
group in Dundee and the Kondarosi group in France.
We also have participants from such diverse places as Brazil,
Japan, Taiwan, Ukraine, Hawaii etc.
Nitrogen fixation is a very broad subject, and most people associate
the main area nif research as the symbiosis between rhizobium and
legumes, but we would like BNFNET to cover associative fixation, and
well as fixation by free living cyanobacteria.
The reason that BNFNET is seeking a "new home" is the fact that
the LISTSERV at FINHUTC will be decommisioned within the next
few months, and having polled the members, the majority were in
favour of being integrated into the BioSci network.
>Proposed USENET name: bionet.biology.n2-fixation
>E-mail address: BNFNET-L
Regarding the usenet name for the group. We were not all that
happy with .n2-fixation A few alternatives were proposed.
1) .nif 2) .n2fix 3) .nitfix 4) .bnfnet
Most of them are acronyms wich are well known to the nif community
Short and simple was deemed to be the best, with no confusion
between minus (-) and underscore (_)
>Discussion will now be open through 7 February on
>BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).
I thought it best to generate some discussion since I have
observed that a newsgroup stands a better chance of being formed
if it is brought to the attention of the public. Plants went through
due to the spade work put in by Dr Travis, and Women-in-biology
because of the discussions about bionette. (I still think that
was a great name.)
>Discussion leader: Eng-leong Foo
> Director, Unesco Microbial Resources Center
> Karolinska Institute, 10401 Stockholm, Sweden
> Phone: 46-8-7287145 Fax: 46-8-331547
> email: eng-leong_foo_mircen-ki%micforum at mica.mic.ki.se
Jackie Foo has been involved in "electronic conferencing" since 1984
He has a keen eye for what is happening in the developing world, and
he has always sought to involve developing countries in networking.
He has travelled extensively telling people about BNFNET, and one
of his main goals is to link the MIRCENS (Microbial Resource Centers)
via computer networks. The MIRCEN in Brazil, Japan and Hawaii are
already subscribed to BNFNET, and there is a real and desperate need
to see some of the culture collection situated at these sites brought
online via a gopher server such as the one run by Joe Hanus from
the Microbial Germplasm Database... Joe also happens to be a member
of BNFNET. The aims of BNFNET are once again outlined below.
>Biological Nitrogen Fixation Electronic Network (BNFNET) was
>established in 1990 by UNESCO's MIRCEN (Microbial Resources
>Center) Network for Environmental, Applied Microbiological and
>Biotechnological Research. BNFNET aims to (i) foster better
>communication and cooperation among MIRCENs and between MIRCENs
>and other organizations, (ii) encourage and help laboratories and
>individuals to use e-mail for communications in BNF (iii) help
>researchers to identify resources of culture collections.
Jackie has also organised "on-line" poster sessions on BNFNET
That is to say people have been able to post an abstract of their
research work, and then have the rest of the BNFNET community
comment on it via e-mail, there has also been the opportunity
to share identification techniques... I suppose that could be
classified as BNFNET's own materials @ methods.
So to summarize BNFNET already has a broad-base user population,
and it would like to become integrated into the BioSci network
so that it can reach an even wider audience.
When the call for votes is issued on the 8th of Feb, and if you have
an interest in nif research (no matter what kind) then please cast
a YES vote.
Any coments or questions welcomed.
Best regards -=ROB=-
~ Rob Harper ~ E-mail: harper at convex.csc.fi
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