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[Bionews] Bionet usage and support request

Don Gilbert gilbertd at net.bio.net
Sun Jun 18 13:51:57 EST 2006

Dear Bionet/BIOSCI readers,

Find summary statistics on Bionet usage over the last 20 years and
the recent year at http://www.bio.net/docs/usage/ 
E-mail subscriptions are increasing (about 150% of last year), as are
on-topic postings.  One significant contributor to the increase is
Google searches.   Bionet archives now serve on the order of 40,000
searches/day from Google/Yahoo/etc.   Most of the spam is gone,
and news delivery has been sped up, which likely help this increase.  
The number of postings via Usenet is large, suggesting Usenet
continues to serve a large Bionet readership.

Bionet is switching to news.purdue.edu from news.indiana.edu as its
Usenet server, as Indiana University is discontinuing two decades of
Usenet services.  Many thanks to Rick Westerman, Phillip San Miguel
and others at Purdue, and folks here at IU, for their efforts to
switch Bionet over. The bugs should be worked out, but please let me
know if you learn of any news distribution problems.

If you would like to help Bionet continue and thrive into its third
decade of service to biology science communities, please consider
writing a short letter of support to Don Gilbert, gilbertd at indiana.edu. 
Your letters will go to National Science Foundation to request
funding of Bionet [1] along with other IUBio Archive services,
Bio-mirror [2] and bio-grid computing [3].

While not a huge task, it is an ongoing significant effort to keep
Bionet news flowing and the spam out.   We have added one new group
(bionet.Medicago) and can provide public, spam-free discussion forums
for other other biology science communities that combine e-mail and
Usenet distribution.

-- Don Gilbert 
Bionet help email: biosci-help at net.bio.net

[1] Bionet at IUBio Archive
  http://www.bio.net/, http://www.bio.net/docs/usage/ 

[2] Bio-mirror of large biology databanks at IUBio Archive
  Bio-mirror serves data to the biology community on the order of 4
  terabytes/month, see http://bio-mirror.net/
[3] Bio-grid efforts at IUBio Archive

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