After more than a decade of serving the biology community on the
BIOSCI project, I have decided that it is time for me to pass the
torch. The demands of my career and family are making it increasingly
difficult for me to run BIOSCI adequately on a part-time basis, and
I've decided that I would do the project more harm than good by
clinging to it.
Therefore I have concluded an agreement with the Stanford University
Libraries to take over the management of the BIOSCI project effective
6 June 1997. Many of you know the work of the Stanford Libraries
through HighWire Press which has done an excellent job bringing the
Journal of Biological Chemistry, Science Magazine, and other
prestigious journals to the WWW (see http://highwire.stanford.edu/).
I have every confidence that Stanford will provide an environment
where the BIOSCI project can flourish. The BIOSCI team at Daresbury
will continue to support the project in Europe, and Dave Mack and
Julie Lawrence on the current BIOSCI staff will continue to assist the
new team at Stanford.
The project will be managed by Serge Taylor of the Stanford Libraries
who is responsible for developing Web-based "knowledge environments"
for scientists. I will still participate with the project in an
advisory capacity but have to phase myself out of day-to-day
operations. Many of you who read bionet.announce,
bionet.biology.computational, and bionet.jobs.offered (the groups that
I moderate) have been aware of the recent posting delays that my busy
schedule has inflicted on those newsgroups. I am pleased to announce
that Todd McGee, Scientific Advisor of the HighWire Press, will be
taking over moderation of those groups from me this week.
** NOTE ** - The BIOSCI hardware will be down for backups on 6 June
and will be moved over the weekend of June 7 and 8. We will be
changing the IP number of the machine, but the host name and all
mailing addresses will remain unchanged. There may be a few days of
service disruption during this time due to the move unfortunately,
just as we experienced in BIOSCI's previous move. We hope to keep
this to a minimum. We will post status reports on the move to
bionet.announce before and after it happens. Please watch that
newsgroup for details.
It has been a pleasure serving all of you since the "early days" of
biology on the Internet. I've had the pleasure of not only "knowing"
many of you over the Internet, but have also met literally thousands
of biologists around the U.S. and elsewhere during the many Internet
training seminars that I gave over the last decade. I've been truly
fortunate to have been given the chance to play a role in the growth
of biology on the Internet. This is something I will always treasure.
biosci-help at net.bio.net