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CALL FOR VOTES: MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Thu May 11 14:30:48 EST 1995


Voting is now open on the following proposal to create the mailing
list & newsgroup

MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures

The charter was not modified as a result of the discussion.

*** NOTE *** We are often 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.

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Proposal to establish MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures

Proposed USENET name:		bionet.microbiology.cultures

Proposed mailing list name:	MICROBIAL-CULTURES

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

Discussion leader:		David Boone
				boone at ese.ogi.edu

The main purposes of this discussion group are to discuss methods for
storage of cultures and to aid microbiologists in finding either sources
of microbial cultures or collections into which new isolates can be
deposited. 

Many microbial strains can be found in national collections such as the
American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), but other cultures are stored
only in specialized collections scattered around the world. For instance,
many fastidious microbes can be cultivated only by experts in those
particular organisms, and even major culture collections do not have
sufficient staff to include experts for each of these groups.  This
newsgroup should serve as a forum to help researchers find appropriate
collections for the deposit or acquisition of specific organisms. 

Another important function of this newsgroup will be to find permanent
homes for important "orphaned" collections.  Many scientists acquire
during their careers large collections of microbes that are not available
elsewhere, and when these scientists retire their collections are often
lost due to lack of maintenance or because the cultures are discarded by
the employing institutions.  Often national collections are able to accept
only a few of the most important organisms or type strains, and this
newsgroup could help the scientist to find a permanent repository for the
rest of the collection. 

Subscribers interested in the acquisition and storage of microbial
cultures are welcome from academic and commercial institutions. 
Contributions consistent with the objectives of this newsgroup are
encouraged.  The newsgroup will be unmoderated, and I will act as
coordinator. 

David Boone
Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Oregon Graduate Institute
Portland, Oregon, USA
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Voting is now open on the proposal for
MICROBIAL-CULTURES/bionet.microbiology.cultures and will run through
24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 9 June 1995.  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

PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW - WE OFTEN RUN MORE THAN ONE
VOTE AT A TIME SO A SIMPLE "YES" OR "NO" MESSAGE WITHOUT THE NEWSGROUP
NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:

YES on CULTURES

if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or

NO on CULTURES

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.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net



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