BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Wed Sep 21 20:38:12 EST 1994

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 2
October on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).
For those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup
currently, either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the
following biosci addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 3 October (Newsgroup Discussion leaders
- please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish GLYCOSCI/bionet.glycosci (unmoderated)

Proposed USENET name: bionet.glycosci

Proposed mailing list name: GLYCOSCI

Proposed email addresses: glycosci at
                          glycosci at

Discussion leaders: Iain Wilson 
                    Dyson Perrins Laboratory
                    University of Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK
                    (iwilson at

                    Barry Hardy
                    Computer-Aided Molecular Design Group
                    Physical Chemistry Laboratory
                    University of Oxford, OX1 3QZ, UK        
                    (bhardy at


The purpose of GLYCOSCI is to serve as an international, interdisciplinary 
forum for communication amongst scientists in the 'glycosciences'.  For 
these purposes the term 'glycosciences' is used to embrace all disciplines 
of science related to carbohydrate and glycoconjugate molecules, including 
organic, physical, biological and medical fields, using experimental, 
theoretical or computational scientific methodologies.  It is intended that 
the newsgroup would serve as a catalyst for international co-operation 
between scientists and for the creation of new Internet-based resources in 
the glycosciences.  The open forum will serve as a vehicle for the exchange 
of information, data and opinions between glycoscientists in academia, 
industry and government.

Information exchanged can include: 

1)      scientific dialogue (either intra- or

2)      announcements of upcoming meetings and conference
         of interest; 

3)      news of funding initiatives or other items of
         interest to the glycoscience community; 

4)      announcements of academic positions and job

5)      requests for experimental protocols, novel reagents and software;

6)      notification of novel reagents or software available on a
         non-commerical basis; 
7)      abstracts of papers accepted for publication;

8)      reviews of new developments in the field;

9)      structural data.

All members of the scientific community with an interest in the
glycosciences are encouraged to subscribe to, and take part in, the
proposed newsgroup.  The discussion leaders would wish to encourage
the development of a series of FAQs on a variety of subjects in the
glycosciences for reference by specialists and newcomers to the field.
The newsgroup is intended to be unmoderated.

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