There is currently ongoing discussion in news.groups for the creation of a Usenet Newsgroup for discussing the storage and retrieval of scientific data. There appears to be a consensus for putting this newsgroup in the sci hierarchy. However, we still need to select a name. The following names have been proposed: sci.data sci.datamodels sci.dataaccess sci.dataformats I am going to conduct an informal poll this week. Please VOTE for which of the above names you would recommend we adopt. Informal voting will take place until Thursday, April 8, 1993 at 11:59pm. Based on the results of this informal poll, the Call For Votes will most likely be issued on or about April 9th, 1993. Send ALL votes to briand@xxxxxxxxxxxxx The current RFD is Shown below. If you would like to make additions or deletions to this charter, please also send those changes to the above address. Discussion is ongoing in news.groups. -- Briand Sanderson NCSA HDF Programmer ===================================================================== REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION: of Creation of an UNMODERATED Usenet newsgroup called "sci.<???>" for discussing the storage and retrieval of scientific data. PURPOSE: The purpose of the newsgroup "sci.<???>" would be for discussing information related to the use of the scientific data formats such as HDF, netCDF, FITS, and various others. Topics of discussion could include problems encountered using specific formats, questions about where to get the code for data format programs, discussions of specific uses of data format programs, etc. It is anticipated that readers of the group would be scientists (and software developers) who use data formats/models such as HDF, netCDF, and other such programs. RATIONALE: There are many data formats designed specifically for scientific applications. Many have been adopted as a standard by scientific organizations ranging over such diverse fields as astronomy, physics, chemistry, medical research, health care, space science, atmospheric sciences, earth sciences and environmental science. It is hoped that the creation of the group, "sci.<???>" will encourage and facilitate a greater amount of collaboration and sharing of information and experience between individuals and groups. NEWSGROUP CREATION: The discussion period is continuing. It is anticipated that a call for votes will occur around April 9, 1993. Please post all discussions to "news.groups"