Hello Glycoscience Interest Group (GIG).
I wanted to take a few minutes to make some personal
welcoming comments and a couple of specific statements. First,
although as a co-founder of our bionet newsgroup I am officially a
'discussion leader', I do not personally intend to 'lead' many
discussions. This is your community newsgroup through which
interactions, discussions and comments should emerge. I look
forward to participating in discussions, giving some guidance at times
and developing new projects for GIG.
I hope that GIG will foster global exchange of information
between scientists in this new area of science, that cross-disciplinary
connections are made for the benefit of our education and research
projects, and that GIG aids bringing researchers in industry and
academia closer together. We all realise that people in industry have
proprietary concerns but nevertheless there is plenty they can both
contribute to and learn from the discussion and I hope we can
actively encourage their participation.
Here are my couple of specific statements:
(1) First Electronic Glycoscience Conference 1995
I would like to announce that GIG will have its first electronic
conference in 1995. If you are interested in joining the planning
group send me your name and any input you may have at this
(2) Developing Structure-Related Information for GIG
Being primarily a structure/modeling kind of person, I am
interested in seeing this kind of information gathered for GIG and
hence solicit a group of volunteers to work on this project. The work
could include development of a glycostructural FAQ, gathering of
location-site addresses, access procedures for structural information
and databases, writing of structural Web pages with links to Glyco-
related URLs, and possibly the eventual construction of our own
databases. Structural information can include sequences, models,
crystal structures, spectra, or parameters.
Barry J. Hardy