Four important items follow: How to cancel e-mail subscriptions to
BIOSCI newsgroups, BIOSCI archive searching, the BIOSCI FAQ, and the
BIOSCI User Address Directory form. If you have not yet listed
yourself in our BIOSCI user directory, please take a few minutes to
complete and return the form below. If your personal information has
changed since you listed yourself, please send us a complete new
updated form. We can not make manual revisions to existing entries.
biosci-help at net.bio.net
**** How to cancel a BIOSCI e-mail subscription ****
If you want to cancel your e-mail subscription to this group,
PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR UNSUBSCRIBE REQUEST TO THE NEWSGROUP ADDRESS
(NOR REPLY TO A MESSAGE POSTED TO THE NEWSGROUP)!!!
This would send your request to all of the readers of the newsgroup,
but it might still not be seen by the BIOSCI staff - thus you would
annoy many people and possibly not accomplish your goal anyway.
IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE AMERICAS OR PACIFIC RIM COUNTRIES, please
send a message to
biosci at net.bio.net
Instructions on how to subscribe/unsubscribe will be returned
automatically, so the contents of your message do not matter.
IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN EUROPE, AFRICA OR CENTRAL ASIA, please send a
MXT at dl.ac.uk
containing the word
in the body of the message to retrieve e-mail server instructions.
Any text placed on the Subject: line of your message will be ignored,
so be sure to put the "help" command in the body of the message.
If you need personal assistance, a BIOSCI staff member can be
contacted at either of the following addresses. Please contact the
address designated for your location.
Support Address Location
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci-help at net.bio.net Americas and the Pacific Rim
**** SEARCHING BIOSCI ARCHIVES ****
The easiest way to search the BIOSCI archives is to use Mosaic or
another World Wide Web browser and connect to the BIOSCI WWW home page
at URL http://www.bio.net/. Select the hypertext link to the BIOSCI
archives. This gives you read access to all newsgroup messages and
the ability to search the indexes described below.
You can also use gopher software and connect over the Internet to
net.bio.net, the U.S. BIOSCI computer. We maintain three indexes
which are searchable from the main gopher menu on net.bio.net: (1) an
index of all BIOSCI postings; (2) an index of individual journal
article references from the Table of Contents postings on the
BIO-JOURNALS newsgroup; and (3) an index of BIOSCI users including
regular mail and e-mail addresses, phone/FAX numbers, research
interests, and newsgroup participation.
E-mail users can search the BIOSCI archives by using our waismail
e-mail server. For instructions send the message
to waismail at net.bio.net. Leave the Subject: line blank (anything
entered on the Subject: line is ignored).
WAIS software can also be used to search the archives as described in
the BIOSCI FAQ (see below).
Finally, the BIOSCI archive files are accessible by anonymous FTP to
net.bio.net [188.8.131.52] in the directory pub/BIOSCI.
**** BIOSCI FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) SHEET ****
New users of BIOSCI/bionet may want to read the "Frequently Asked
Questions" or "FAQ" sheet for BIOSCI. The FAQ provides details on how
to participate in these forums and fix problems that you might
encounter in using the newsgroups. The FAQ and other BIOSCI
documentation is available through our WWW home page at URL
http://www.bio.net/. It is also available for anonymous FTP from
net.bio.net [184.108.40.206] in pub/BIOSCI/doc/biosci.FAQ or for
retrieval by gopher to net.bio.net, port 70. It may also be requested
by sending the command
in the body of an e-mail message to the Internet address
biosci-server at net.bio.net. Please do not enter the info faq command
on the Subject: line of your message since the e-mail server ignores
text on the Subject: line.
The FAQ is also posted on the first of each month to the newsgroup
BIONEWS/bionet.announce immediately following the posting of the
BIOSCI information sheet.
**** BIOSCI USER ADDRESS DIRECTORY ****
Please take this opportunity to add your name and address information
to the BIOSCI User Address Database if you have not already done so.
Below is the address form that we would like each reader of the
BIOSCI/bionet newsgroups to complete and return if you would like to
be listed in our database. The database serves as a directory that
enables biologists, who are currently using (or even just reading) the
BIOSCI newsgroups, to look up e-mail addresses and other information
about our users.
The address database is reindexed nightly for WAIS, waismail, gopher,
and WWW access (the URL is http://www.bio.net). If you have access to
gopher, connect to net.bio.net to search the database. If you have
access to WAIS, please use our WAIS source biologists-addresses.src.
If you are not on the Internet, please use our waismail server (send
the word "help" to waismail at net.bio.net to get instructions; any text
on the Subject: line of your message will be ignored, so put the help
command in the body of the mail message.).
Please carefully follow the instructions for completing the form
below and return it to either of the following two addresses
(whichever is more convenient for you). Thanks in advance for taking
the time to complete and return the form.
Addresses for returning forms Location Network
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biovote at net.bio.net U.S.A. Internet/BITNET
biovote at daresbury.ac.uk U.K. JANET
MAKING SURE THAT YOUR INFORMATION IS CURRENT
This notice will be mailed bimonthly to each newsgroup. You should
check your database entry from time-to-time to see if your address
information is still up-to-date.
Using Gopher to complete the form
If you don't want to use a text editor, you can also use Dan
Jacobson's gopher site to fill out the address database form as
follows. Otherwise skip this section on gopher and proceed to the
instructions for filling out the form below.
> To add yourself to the database just point your
> gopher client at merlot.gdb.org and select the following:
>> --> 14. Searching For Biologists/
>> --> 9. E-mail Addresses of Biosci-Bionet Users/
>> --> 1. Add (or Correct) Your Address to the BIOSCI User Address
>>> And fill out the form.
or Rob Harper's gopher site in Europe as follows:
> Europeans can point their gopher client at gopher.csc.fi and add their
> information to the database. All entries will be mailed directly to
> Dave for incorporation in a wais source.
>> The path to the questionare is as follows.
>>> 6. Information in English/
>> 5. Scientific and other topics/
>> 1. Finnish EMBnet BioBox/
>> 9. FAQ Files/
>> 5. Bionauts Address Database (questionaire) <TEL>
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Please enter all responses after the : on each line, leaving one (1)
blank space after the : (i.e., before the start of your text).
Please do NOT extend your responses past the end of each line (80
PLEASE DO NOT alter any of the field identifiers such as "first name: ".
If you have nothing to enter after a field identifier, PLEASE LEAVE IT
- do not delete it even if there is no data on the line in question.
Several lines are provided at the end of the form for comments, but,
please adhere to the line length restriction.
On the date: line, please enter the date in the DD-MM-YY format, e.g.,
15-05-93 for 15 May 1993. This line will tell others when the
information was last updated. Please be sure to include the 0's for
single digit days or months, e.g., 15-05-93, not 15-5-93.
Note that the "e-mail network: " line below is for specifying, e.g.,
"Internet," "BITNET," "EARN," "JANET," or whatever other network that
your computer may be on.
If you are uncertain about any field, please feel free to leave it
blank, but please DO NOT DELETE the field identifier from the form!
In the first field below, "New information or Update ...", please
enter "N" if this is the first time that you have registered in the
directory or "U" if you are correcting a listing that you sent to us
The comment: lines may be used for anything that you like but PLEASE
DO NOT DELETE THEM FROM THE FORM OR ALTER THEM. One suggested use is
to list the names of the newsgroups in which you participate. Please
use the MAILING LIST name (see below - the latest version of the list
can be requested from biosci at net.bio.net) instead of the USENET name
even if you don't participate by e-mail. WAIS might get confused by
the periods in the USENET names. This allows one to retrieve via WAIS
or waismail the list of participants in a particular group.
comment: ARABIDOPSIS PLANT-BIOLOGY BIONEWS
On the comment: lines
use these names below ---- NOT the USENET names below
MAILING LIST NAME USENET Newsgroup Name
Listing newsgroups on the comment: line is optional, of course.
Thanks again for your cooperation!
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New information or Update to old record (enter N or U):