An idea for collaboration among virologists

Ed Rybicki ED at MOLBIOL.UCT.AC.ZA
Wed Feb 7 03:35:17 EST 1996


> occurred to me that perhaps we could somehow provide a mechanism for
> virologists to collaborate real-time utilizing our web server? I thought
> of several different ways of doing this:

Excellent plan!!!  Except it is SLOOOOOW compared to some.
 
> 1 - have some software installed on the web server that acts like a
> discussion group (like bionet-virology) and have a set time each week that
> virologists come to the site and post messages and respond to postings.

Best solution, usable by the greatest number.
 
> 2 - utilize BioMOO via a telnet connection

Less viable and more hassle. 

> 3 - utilize a graphical interface like Worlds Chat (http://www.worlds.net)

VERY slow from outside US.
 
> 4 - utilize streaming audio technology to have real-time conference calls
> by voice instead of typing

IMPOSSIBLE from outside US: links too slow by orders of magnitude.
 
> Any thoughts on this? Does anyone have any specific software or solutions
> they would recommend?

No - just having some kind of open forum would be good.
 
> It would be really spectacular to try this out as a small pilot on Feb. 8.
> The reason I suggest a pilot in just a couple of days is because that is
> the day of "24 Hours in Cyberspace" (http://www.cyber24.com/). We could
> probably get some good publicity by riding on the coat-tails of this
> high-profile project that takes place on Feb. 8. 

Perhaps regular once-weekly / monthly theme chats (like: using the 
Web for virus education; animation on the Web; Ask Your Virologist 
featuring some expert)?  Also maybe host some cyberConferences on 
specific topics (like: regualtion of replication of bromoviruses; 
geminivirus replication).

And well done on your contribution to the Encyclopaedia on CD-ROM; 
saw the demo today (and to Jean-Yves). 
                     Ed Rybicki, PhD  
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