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CALL FOR DISCUSSION: STADEN/bionet.software.staden

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Wed Jul 27 23:30:11 EST 1994

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


This proposal is for converting the current STADEN-USERS prototype
newsgroup to a full newsgroup as the six month trial period has
expired.  If the proposal does not pass, STADEN-USERS will be shut
down.  Both this message and the call for votes will be posted to

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 7 August
on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).  For
those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup currently,
either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the following
biosci addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at net.bio.net                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 8 August (Newsgroup Discussion leaders -
please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish STADEN/bionet.software.staden

Proposed USENET name:  bionet.software.staden

Proposed mailing list name:  STADEN

Proposed e-mail addresses:  staden at net.bio.net
                            staden at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader:   Tim Littlejohn
                     tim at bch.umontreal.ca

Newsgroup character: Bionet.software.staden is a forum for information
exchange and discussions for the community of scientists using the Staden
Package for molecular sequence analysis.

Functions of the newsgroup:
The newsgroup will serve as a communication forum for users of the Staden
Package for molecular sequence analysis.  The package covers most sequence
analysis applications including DNA assembly, DNA analysis, protein sequence
analysis, sequence comparisons, library handling and searching. The assembly
program can handle input from ABI 373A, LI-COR, Pharmacia A.L.F. and Amersham 
International BaseScanner instruments, plus digitizers. The package runs on 
a large number of hardware/operating system platforms and is available for 
a nominal fee.

The newsgroup has the following specific objectives:

1.  to serve as a communication medium for announcing modifications
    to the package;

2.  to be a "self help" group, where users with problems can gain from
    the experience of the rest of the user-community (and thereby reduce
    the pressures of the developers to provide support).  The newsgroup will
    provide a forum for answers to frequently asked questions concerning the

3.  to exchange ideas and practical advice about getting the most from all
    components of the package, from sequence assembly through to analysis;

4.  to promote the continued growth and enhancement of the package.

Subscribers are welcome from universities or any academic institutions,
government agencies, hospitals and other medical institutions, and
industrial or commercial organizations. Contributions within the functions
outlined above are encouraged. The newsgroup is expected to run in an
unmoderated fashion and I am willing to act as current coordinator.

Tim Littlejohn

Assistant Director (Informatics), Organelle Genome Megasequencing Program,
Departement de biochimie, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, succursale
Centre-ville, Montreal (Quebec), H3C 3J7

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