bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov
Mon Feb 7 17:54:25 EST 1994
In article <2j5rt7INNghr at bass.cis.ohio-state.edu>, casto at cis.ohio-state.edu (robert kenneth casto) writes:
> If your like me, you hate to look stupid. There are so many acronyms for
> things that it boggles the mind.....
> I want to put together an acronym dictionary....
> The database will be in .dbf format but can also me put into Sybase or
> Oracle if people would like it. I am going to make a DOS and Windows version
> of a program to query the information. If a Unix version is wanted, please
> let me know and I will see what I can do.
> The format for submissions is as follows.
> <acronym>|<literal translation>|<category>|<description>
> I appreciate any submissions and they can be from any form of science and
> any source. I know that just the military and computer science alone have
> thousands. This database will be open to the general public for use and
> is intended to end a lot of the confusion that results from the use of
> these acronyms.
> Please send all replies to casto at cis.ohio-state.edu
> Robert K. Casto _/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/ _/ _/
> casto at cis.ohio-state.edu _/ _/ _/ _/ _/
If you are looking for a source of predominantly *computer* acronyms
then there is a large list of them in the computer jargon file (aka: The
Hacker's Dictionary). I seem to remember that this is available by Gopher
(and thus probably by WWW now). If you want to obtain this by ftp then try;
pub/jargon/jargon2910.ascii (or jargon2910.ascii.Z for compressed)
I hope your acronym database will concentrate upon biological terms
rather than computer terms. Its quite a struggle keeping your head up when
being trampled by herds of CAT's, FISH and YAC's. Will you also delve into
the Merck Index and give us a ready list of those obfuscated abbreviations?
Good luck with your endeavour!
Usual Disclaimers: (Dog Ate My Keyboard)
Bernard Murray, Ph.D.
bernard at elsie.nci.nih.gov (National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA)
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