CALL FOR VOTES: BIO-SRS/bionet.software.srs
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Thu Jan 19 16:01:19 EST 1995
Voting is now open on the following proposal to create the mailing
list & newsgroup
No changes were made to the charter after the discussion period.
*** NOTE *** We are often running several votes for other newsgroups,
so please be certain to follow the voting directions *carefully*! If
you just send in a message saying "YES" or "NO" it will not be counted
if it is not clear which proposal you are responding to.
Proposal to establish BIO-SRS/bionet.software.srs
Proposed USENET name: bionet.software.srs
Proposed Mailing list name: BIO-SRS
Proposed e-mail addresses: bio-srs at net.bio.net
bio-srs at daresbury.ac.uk
Discussion Leaders: Thure Etzold, EMBL Heidelberg
etzold at embl-heidelberg.de
Reinhard Doelz, Biozentrum Basel
doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Provide support and discussion for maintainers and users of
SRS-based software packages. This includes servers based on
WorldWideWeb as well as local installations and the defini-
tion of new database connections into the SRS database net-
work via suitable tools as provided with the software.
Announce, and inform on, new achievements on information
servers running the Sequence Retrieval System (SRS) engine.
This affects predominantly data and services in the biology
and/or related areas which can be accessed via elec-
tronic networked information retrieval software (WWW or
specific client software). Announcements from the author
(Thure Etzold) or other developers, proposals and discus-
sions of customers, maintainers and developers with respect
to new strategies and tools, as well user and maintainer
support shall inform and invite to participate.
unmoderated, not restricted.
General issues on accompanying software problems shall be
placed in bionet.software or suitable software-specific
newsgroups in the comp hierarchy. Established WWW, GOPHER,
or other services not dealing with the SRS or associated
software shall be discussed in other newsgroups. Specific
items on the non-biology related technical side of the ser-
ver software are not intended to be discussed in length but
will be mentioned publically in case of need. The newsgroup
shall not be used for large papers and discussions, as the
posting of the link to a suitable document or archive server
will be sufficient.
Periodic (e.g., quarterly) postings of a FAQ are intended.
The Sequence Retrieval System (SRS) as created by Thure
Etzold has been made available on the VMS platform initial-
ly but is now also running on many flavours of the UNIX
operating system. Its main advantage is the ability to in-
terlink databases of extremely heterogenous origin. Cur-
rently, more than 35 databases can be browsed on seven ser-
vers accessible via the WWW protocol (as an entry, try the
URL http://www.embl-heidelberg.de/srs/status.html). Besides
local command line access, future developments include the
networked environment with special clients as well as com-
mandline interface retrieval tools via the HASSLE system as
created by Reinhard Doelz.
Reference point server URL:
Voting is now open on the proposal for BIO-SRS/bionet.software.srs and
will run through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 17 February 1995 Please
send your vote to either of the following addresses:
Address Location Network
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biovote at daresbury.ac.uk U.K. JANET
biovote at net.bio.net U.S.A. Internet/BITNET
PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW - WE OFTEN RUN MORE THAN ONE
VOTE AT A TIME SO A SIMPLE "YES" OR "NO" MESSAGE WITHOUT THE NEWSGROUP
NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS. Your vote should contain a single line:
YES on BIO-SRS
if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or
NO on BIO-SRS
if you think that this proposal will adversely affect the
BIOSCI/bionet system. While not intended to be an exhaustive list of
possible concerns (more specific concerns may have been raised during
the discussion period on BIOFORUM/bionet.general and interested
readers are referred to these), some general reasons for voting NO
might be if you are concerned about newsgroup proliferation and/or
believe that the proposed group will not be utilized, or if you think
that the proposed newsgroup would substantially duplicate or overlap
with the function of existing newsgroups. If you are simply not
interested in participating in the newsgroup above, please don't cast
a NO vote, but instead just don't vote at all.
The newsgroup proposal must receive at least 80 YES votes to pass and
the number of YES votes must be greater than the number of NO votes by
at least 40. Discussion of the newsgroup proposal is now closed and
we strongly discourage posting any messages in other forums about the
fact that a CALL FOR VOTES has been issued.
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