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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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"