2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: BIOCAN/bionet.prof-society.cfbs

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Fri Sep 16 00:07:47 EST 1994

This is the second and final call for votes on the following proposal
to create the mailing list & newsgroup
BIOCAN/bionet.prof-society.cfbs.  The proposal below was not modified
after the discussion period.

Please note that this group is being voted on despite being a member
of the bionet.prof-society group because the CFBS wanted it to be an
open discussion group instead of a low volume moderated
announcements-only newsgroup.  We set up the latter kind of newsgroup
for professional societies with >= 500 members without going through a

This also marks the end of the prototype period for the BIOCAN mailing
list at net.bio.net.  If this proposal does not pass, the mailing list
will be terminated.  This notice is also being posted to the BIOCAN
mailing list.

*** NOTE *** We are currently 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 BIOCAN/bionet.prof-society.cfbs

Proposed USENET name:       bionet.prof-society.cfbs

Proposed mailing list name: BIOCAN

Proposed email addresses:   biocan at net.bio.net
                            biocan at daresby.ac.uk

Discussion leader:          Leon Browder
                            browder at acs.ucalgary.ca

Newsgroup character:

BIOCAN is an unmoderated BIOSCI newsgroup established by the Canadian
Federation of Biological Societies (CFBS) to serve as a
multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of information within the
Canadian biological and biomedical science community.

Functions of the Newsgroup:
The purpose of BIOCAN is to facilitate rapid, interactive
communication among members of the Canadian bioscience
community.  Canadian bioscientists can use this forum to solicit
advice and information from their colleagues in all
biological disciplines.  This forum is based upon the principle
that collegiality and interdisciplinary cooperation
facilitate scientific progress.  Electronic interaction is
tailor-made for the Canadian bioscience community, which is
spread over a vast geography.  It will also enable the CFBS 
office to rapidly disseminate information to Canadian 
bioscientists and for individual bioscientists to comment on any 
aspect of CFBS, granting agency, or government science policy.  

Information exchanged can include: 

1)      scientific dialogue (either intra- or inter-disciplinary); 

2)      announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences of interest; 

3)      news of general interest to the Canadian bioscience community; 

4)      announcements of academic positions and job opportunities; 

5)      discussion of CFBS policy initiatives; 

6)      CFBS science policy reports; 

7)      information on granting agency policies; 

8)      reports on CFBS Annual Meeting and on meetings of constituent

9)      comments on proposed federal and provincial legislation and
        policy initiatives. 

All members of CFBS constituent societies are encouraged to subscribe.
Contributions within the above guidelines are welcome.  The newsgroup
is expected to run in an unmoderated fashion.  I am willing to act as
current coordinator.

Leon Browder
President, CFBS
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4

Voting on the proposal for BIOCAN/bionet.prof-society.cfbs will run
through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 30 September 1994.  Please send your
vote to either of the following addresses:

Address                               Location        Network
-------                               --------        -------
biovote at daresbury.ac.uk               U.K.            JANET
biovote at net.bio.net                   U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET

NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:


if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or


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.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

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