THE SCIENCE GUIDE (Science News and Much more)

Graham Dellaire dellaire at odyssee.net
Mon Apr 14 17:12:16 EST 1997



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> From: Robert W. Georgantas III <rgeorgan at welchlink.welch.jhu.edu>
> To: GENSTRUCTURE Graham Dellaire <dellaire at odyssee.net>
> Subject: Help with a Posting
> Date: Monday, April 14, 1997 1:28 PM
> 
> To: Graham Dellaire
> Moderator of the GENSTRUCTURE BioNet Discussion Group.
> 
> I was hoping that you could help me, please read the letter below then do

> with it as you wish.
> 
> I am a student with the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
> 
> > at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.  I have started up a 
> > small internet site called "The Science Guide" located at the URL 
> > http://www.scienceguide.com.  I started the site to address the lack of
a
> 
> > unifying source of information for scientists on the internet.  As you 
> > can see in the announcement below the Guide consists of a number of 
> > sections designed to help scientists find information on the internet, 
> > The news section is currently our most popular service receiving over
4K 
> > visits per day, with a hundreds of subscribers to the Daily News
Emailer.
> > 
> > Since we do not charge for our service, and since we are  not accepting

> > advertisers; we have only a small number of routes by which to spread
the
> 
> > word about the Guide (we have no advertising budget as well).  One of 
> > these routes is by posting to Usenet groups.  We have done this on a 
> > small basis by looking at a news group to assure that the users of the 
> > group are appropriate for our service, and then posting the
Announcement 
> > enclosed below to the group.  We Do Not Spam.  Over the last month we 
> > have posted to roughly forty news groups and have received a great 
> > response in the form of emails telling us how useful our site is, and 
> > will become as we add more content to it.  We have not received a
single 
> > negative response, which we have interpreted to mean that our site is 
> > useful enough to scientists that they do not mind our "off-subject" 
> > posting.
> > 
> > That brings me to the crux of the email, I was hoping that you could
take
> 
> > the time to visit the Science Guide, determine if it would be of use to

> > the subscribers of the group which you modify, and if so - post the 
> > announcement text below to the group. This would be of great help to us

> > in getting the word out about the Guide.
> > 
> > If you feel that this posting would be inappropriate, please accept my 
> > apologies for having taken your time, and just disregard this letter.
> > 
> > One thing that may be particularly of interest, is our plan to start 
> > monitoring Congress for bills containing items concerning scientific 
> > funding.  We plan on doing this to take advantage of the power of the 
> > internet to set up a pseudo lobbying group.  As an example - during the

> > Congressional Debates over the NIH budget a few months ago we
encouraged 
> > our readers to email their congress-person asking for an increase in
the 
> > budget.  At the time we had just started the guide and had only a small

> > number of readers, but now that we have literally thousands of users
(and
> 
> > our usership is growing at 40% per week) and we think that we could
make 
> > a significant difference in funding by informing our users of
congresses'
> 
> > actions and helping them to act in writing to the House, or Senate, or 
> > President.  
> > 
> > Thank you 
> > Robert Georgantas - The Science Guide
> > 
> > PS.  You can check to make sure that I am actually who I say that I am 
> > buy fingering my student email account:
rgeorgan at welchlink.welch.jhu.edu.
> 
> >  The Science Guide is hosted under the .com domain by Hway
Technologies, 
> > because Hopkins was not willing to host a site with our potential
> traffic.
> > 
> > 
> > ------------------Announcement Text------------------------
> > 
> > Announcing the SCIENCE GUIDE.
> > http://www.scienceguide.com
> > 
> > A New Internet Directory and Information Service run by Scientists and 
> > Physicians for Scientists and Physicians.  After visiting the Guide, If

> > you have any suggestion for making the Guide better please let us know.

> > (webmaster at scienceguide.com)
> > 
> > The Science Guide consists of a number of different sections designed
to 
> > help the scientist and physician find information on the internet and
to 
> > sponsor communication between those interested in science:
> > 
> > 
> > NEWS SECTION
> > 
> > Every day the Science Guide compiles medical and research news from 
> > national news sources around the net.  Most of the news articles are 
> > concerned with medicine, bioscience, and physics, but all other
sciences 
> > from agriculture to zoology are commonly included. News sources
currently
> 
> > listed include: CNN, EurekAlert, HMS Beagle, MSNBC Sci-Tech, Science 
> > Magazine's ScienceNow, CBS Space News, USA Today, The Albuquerque 
> > Journal, Scientific American Web Weekly, The Why Files, Discover 
> > Magazine, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Technology

> > Review.  The news pages also list links to news sources not compiled 
> > within the News site.  We are currently working on adding a number of 
> > other sources to the site to make it even more useful.
> > 
> > To make getting science news even easier, we send out a DAILY NEWS 
> > EMAILER listing the articles which have been compiled on our site.  
> > Anyone can subscribe to the Emailer by sending an email to 
> > news at scienceguide.com with the message "Subscribe"
> > 
> > 
> > DIRECTORY OF USENET NEWS GROUPS and DISCUSSION LISTS
> > 
> > The Directory of Usenet and Discussion Groups is compiled quarterly
from 
> > different sources around the net to provide the scientist and those 
> > interested in science easy access to these invaluable sources of 
> > discourse and information.  We are currently working on finding the 
> > proper subscription method for each of the discussion lists.  This is 
> > taking a bit longer that we thought so please pardon our dust.  The 
> > Usenet portions of this section are complete.
> > 
> > 
> > ON-LINE JOURNAL HYPERLINK SECTION
> > 
> > The Journals Section contains links to peer reviewed scientific
journals 
> > on the Internet.  Each listing clearly indicates whether the journal 
> > provides only the table of contents, TOC with abstracts, or the full
text
> 
> > of the journal
> > 
> > 
> > EMPLOYMENT SECTION
> > 
> > The Jobs and Positions Section contains hyperlinks to the best
Scientific
> 
> > Employment Databases and Classifieds on the net.
> > 
> > 
> > GRANTS and FUNDING SECTION
> > 
> > The funding section contains links to the best funding and grant 
> > databases on the Internet, making it very easy for scientists to
quickly 
> > find funding opportunities.  The featured site of the section is "The 
> > Community of Science," a Johns Hopkins service designed to help 
> > scientists find and continue funding.



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