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Glycosci Newsgroup: one year on

Iain Wilson wilson at edv1.boku.ac.at
Thu Nov 23 10:59:20 EST 1995

Since the glycosci newsgroup is one year old this week, it may be a good 
time to consider its progress. I don't know exactly how many posts have 
been made - but I think been it's about four-hundred. The newsgroup 
appears to have become primarily a forum for announcements, requests for 
basic information and the odd methodological question - with the 
occasional rogue 'make money' (or whatever) post that have afflicted 
other newsgroups.

The question is: Is this the type of newsgroup the glycoscience community 
wishes to have? Many scientific newsgroups are more lively than this one 
- but perhaps the glycoscience community is not ready for this style of 
communication. Of course, discussion can be initiated by anyone who reads 
the newsgroup - no need to feel reticent. One idea that comes to mind is 
that there could be newsgroup discussion prior or after a MOO-based 
discussion on a topic, technique or journal article. 

The overall concept of the Glycoscience Interest Group (GIG) and 
Glycoscience Network has come some distance in the past year, with a 
number of WWW pages appearing and the holding of the EGC-1 electronic 
conference. Hopefully this will continue and high quality 
glycoscience-related information will find its way on to the Internet. If 
you wish to help/initiate an information source or an electronic 
discussion forum, why not share the idea with the newsgroup first?
NB: The URL of the Glycoscience Network Homepage is:

Any ideas on developing the newsgroup or electronic network can be 
discussed here or (if you prefer) with Barry Hardy or myself.

  Regards to all,


Iain Wilson                        Institut fuer Chemie           
Tel: 43-1-47654-6065               Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur   
Fax: 43-1-310-5176                 Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33
E-mail: wilson at edv1.boku.ac.at     A-1180, WIEN, Austria

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