[Neuroscience] RFD: sci.research.eeg

JimK. via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by kroger At princeton.edu)
Thu Jan 25 10:26:51 EST 2007


REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                            sci.research.eeg

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
unmoderated Usenet newsgroup, sci.research.eeg.

PROCEDURE:

The B8MB plans to begin voting on this proposal after five days.
Please
offer any final discussion or comments before the end of this waiting
period.  Voting may take up to one week (7 days); a result will be
posted
following the end of the voting period.

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to
news.groups.proposals.

The full group creation procedure is documented here:

  http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:proposals

NEWSGROUPS LINE: sci.research.eeg

sci.research.eeg        Science, technology, and methodology of EEG
research.

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:

An RFD was posted to establish a newsgroup "sci.eeg," which after
discussion,
was changed to sci.research.eeg.  Below are several comments that were
made
in the ensuing 29 messages:

1.  Start the newsgroup under bionet. I didn't know if that was a
better
solution than sci.research.eeg. The intention is to be used by
researchers,
and I hope others agree that the location is logical for that.

2.  Remove technical explanations about the recent surge of EEG
research.
All but the two primary events that have caused this surge were
deleted.
These were retained to help in justification of the newsgroup, to help
demonstrate that there are a lot of people who would benefit.

3.  It was suggested that the description of all the journals that
publish
EEG studies be omitted, and in general, the rationale be abbreviated.
This
has been done.

4.  There was considerable discussion about the newsgroup name,
sci.eeg.
It seems pretty clear from the comments that a second level group
creation
is not justified. One person suggested sci.research.eeg, and this was
adopted.  The change to sci.research.eeg solved this hierarchy problem,
while also making the path a better description of what the group is
about
(thanks).  Sci.techniques.eeg was also suggested, but the group will
likely
have focii on theory and psychological aspects as well, so that may not
be
broad enough.  sci.neuro.eeg was also suggested and I equivocate about
whether this is better than sci.research.eeg.  To be honest, I'm not
sure
it isn't.  But, "research" may keep out non-researchers better...don't
really know on this, so am just leaving as is.  Also, it was mentioned
this would be an "orphan."  It was asked whether the scheme fits with:

  sci.techniques.mag-resonance
  sci.techniques.mass-spec
  sci.techniques.microscopy
  sci.techniques.spectroscopy
  sci.techniques.testing.misc
  sci.techniques.testing.nondestructive
  sci.techniques.xtallography

and actually it does, since the first three are other methods used to
view
brain function. However, as I mentioned, this would decrease
theoretical,
even philosophical, and psychologica discussions, I fear.

5.  It was explained how the search done for current/previous posting
activity was pretty wrong.  It was also pointed out that work would
have
to be done to attract users to the group.  Agreed on both counts, and
the
stats were removed.  The commenters own search finding hundreds, rather
than thousands of hits was no doubt much more accurate.  I wish I had
the
time to read every eeg result on a google search, but I've barely had
time
to pay attention to the basic newsgroup establishing process (I'm
trying
to get tenure). I did do a search for posts since August and got 1500
or
so hits (see 8 below).  I'd say about 1/5 were relevant, after scanning
the first 30 pages of hits.  I hope voters understand that I travel to
conferences where thousands of eeg researchers visit, and I will
promote
the group online as well.  I participate in a couple online mailing
lists
for specific products that are widespread (a post on eeglablist will
reach
several thousand eeg researchers, too bad the list is for eeglab
discussions only).  I will be a hard working advocate for the group.  I
can't guarantee it will fly, but I think it will.

6.  Suggestions about the charter were made to "just ban commercial
posts.
Don't say "in violation of the purpose", but "off topic" or "banned" if
you
want it to be enforceable."  This has been done.

7.  Another suggestion was "Why not encourage the posting of abstracts,
though?  I don't see why you wouldn't want an author to announce that
he
got published.  That is a big deal in someone's academic life."  On
reflection this is very true and this change has been made.  Thanks for
suggesting that.

8.  The question was asked, "where are people posting about eeg now?.
I've
scanned google results for this semester (since August). I used [(eeg
OR
electroencephalograph)].  There are relevant posts, however, in
comp.ai.philosophy, bionet.neuroscience, sci.lang,
sci.electronics.design,
sof.sys.matlab, alt.philosophy, comp.soft-sys.sas, sci.cognitive,
it.scienza.biologia. There were many more posts in various disease
support
groups, new-agey groups, and such, which I don't include. There were
also
many posts in European scientific groups, but not in English.

RATIONALE: sci.research.eeg

Many scientists, clinicians, and engineers around the world conduct
electroencephalograph (commonly referred to as EEG) research, but
have no common forum in which to discuss the science, technology,
and methodology of conducting EEG research.

Electroencephalographs are records of electrical field perturbations
coincident to interactions among neurons in the brain. For decades,
varieties of research fields have employed EEG to better understand
various aspects of neurological, psychological, and pathological
function. Recent advances in EEG (all appearing since 1990), including
high-density digital EEG approaches and the study of synchrony have
opened
technically advanced but very new methodological domains that call for
a
forum in which researchers may provide mutual assistance.

The prevalence of such research is evident in the number of
professional, peer-reviewed publications appearing in professional
journals such as J. of Cognitive Neuroscience, J. of Neuroscience,
J. of Clinical Neuropsychology, J. of Topographic Mapping, Neuroimage,
and so on. The only online places for them to interact are the
EEGLAB mailing list, restricted to questions about the EEGLAB
software, various vendor- or product-specific groups set up on
Yahoo, restricted to users of those products, and the usenet
newsgroups sci.med, sci.psychology.research, and posts in assorted
usenet groups on Matlab, physics, and so on. The proliferation of
non-EEG related posts in these groups makes them too unfocused on
EEG to be useful to those seeking to communicate about the science
of EEG, and though numerous posts have appeared there, the frequency
is small relative to the volume of the groups. Yet, on the existing
newsgroups and forums, there are several posts asking about places
to interact and get technical help. A usenet newsgroup is an excellent
solution to meet these needs.

CHARTER:

sci.research.eeg is a non-commercial usenet newsgroup for the purpose
of
discussing the science, technology, and methodology of conducting EEG
research.  The focus is on the techniques, mathematical and statistical
approaches, engineering issues, and research methodology encountered
in EEG research, with the aim of providing peer-to-peer assistance in
this field.  Commercial posts, such as product or service promotions,
are banned.  Simple announcements of available products or services
from EEG-related organizations or enterprises are welcome, as long as
they are posted one time only.  Announcements of research-related job
announcements, books, and conferences are welcome, as are posting of
announcements of relevant publications.  Posting of binaries is not
permitted, with the exception of small digital signatures such as PGP.

DISTRIBUTION:

This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups
  news.groups.proposals
  sci.med
  sci.med.psychobiology
  sci.psychology.research

The proponent will also post pointers to:

  bionet.neuroscience

PROPONENT:

Jim Kroger <jkro... At nmsu.edu>

CHANGE HISTORY:

2006-09-01     1st RFD
2006-12-14     2nd RFD
2007-01-18     3rd RFD/LCC



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