CALL FOR VOTES: ACEDB-SOFT/bionet.software.acedb

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Fri Apr 16 13:29:32 EST 1993


Voting is now open on ACEDB-SOFT/bionet.software.acedb.  The charter
for ACEDB-SOFT/bionet.software.acedb is provided below.  Several
revisions were submitted after the discussion period.

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Proposal to establish ACEDB-SOFT/bionet.software.acedb

E-mail addresses: acedb at net.bio.net
                  acedb at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader:  Mike Cherry
                    Director of Computing
                    Department of Molecular Biology
                    Massachusetts General Hospital
                    Boston, MA  02114

                    Voice: 617-726-5955
                    FAX:   617-726-6893

                    Internet:  cherry at frodo.mgh.harvard.edu


Charter ACEDB-SOFT/bionet.software.acedb:

Discussions by users and developers of genome databases using the
ACEDB software.

This group includes discussions ranging from construction of new
databases using the ACEDB software, curation of genetic and physical
map information into Ace format, to questions about the use of any of
the species specific databases utilizing the ACEDB software.

As part of the C. elegans genome effort Jean Thierry-Mieg and Richard
Durbin developed a generalized software solution for genome databases.
ACEDB is the name of the software used for the organization,
presentation and storage of genome information. It is also the name of
the first database to use this software, the the C. elegans genome
database. ACEDB includes an X-windows user interface and an
object-like database engine developed specifically for storage of
biological information.

Many groups have begun using ACEDB to create a variety of genome
databases. As of April 1993 three of these groups have released their
databases to the general public and many others are well along in
their development. The number of groups utilizing the ACEDB software
to organize, manipulate and disseminate genome information is
increasing. An informal community of ACEDB developers has formed to
share knowledge and resources. This group allows the community of
developers and users to continue sharing and growing. The archives of
the group also provide a useful resource to both developers and users.
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Voting is now open on ACEDB-SOFT/bionet.software.acedb and will run
through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 16 May 1993.  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 ACEDB-SOFT

if you favor creation of the newsgroup or

NO on ACEDB-SOFT

if you think that the creation of this newsgroup will adversely affect
the BIOSCI system.  If you are simply not interested in participating
in this newsgroup, 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.  Permission has been
granted to post this note to the current ACEDB-SOFT mailing list.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				kristoff at net.bio.net



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