From: FI%"harper at CC.HELSINKI.FI" 14-FEB-1990 22:48:32.14
To: "Mika O. Salminen" <MSALMINEN at FINNPHI>
Subj: Re: Software publishing
Cited: Rob Harper, 14-feb-1990
" I think that people should be encouraged to use the BIO-SOFT
newsgroup to discuss programmes and utilities that are available
for molecular biology and the life sciences. From reading what
other people have been writing it would seem that there are many
different views as to how this should take place.
I do not propose that UUE code should be put up for grabs on
BIO-SOFT, (it is never a very good policy to mix "talk" with
Ideally programes could be sent to a server site, either from
CABIOS or from individuals. Once they have passed "quality
control" a review of them could be posted to BIO-SOFT together
with instructions on how to get them from the server site.
The main problem is to have someone who has the time and the skill
to evaluate programmes.
Summary: a) Skilled programme evaluator needed.
b) Quality control of programmes.
c) Review of programmes posted to BIO-SOFT
either by original author or reviewer.
d) Software available from a software server.
I think that the server site could be the EMBL-server. This is a site that can
be reached from most labs in Europe at least. As they already have a
server that keeps and distributes PD programs for scientists it seems plausible
that the service could be extended a bit. This would mean that they should
start a cooperation program with CABIOS, NAR etc. The reviews could then be
sent to BIO-SOFT for redistribution.
This proposition doesn't of course solve the problem of the skilled programme
evaluator, but perhaps someone at the EMBL-biocomputing programme would be
"Din blomning, sluten ?n i knopp,
skall mogna ur sitt tvpng" ???