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Subject: FE News & Acknowledgements/Year 1996
From: Aldo-Pier Solari <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 19 Dec 1996 18:42:29 GMT

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               News and Acknowledgements/Year 1996
FISH-ECOLOGY (FE) has become the world's largest and most  active
academic  conference  on Fish ecology and related topics.  At the
present time, the conference reaches, daily, over 2300 academics.
Nearly 1800  are  subscribed  and  there  are  senior scientists,
scholars and corporate personnel from 55 countries.  Figures show
that FE keeps growing steadily.

From  December  ('96),  the  conference  is  served by Internet's
fastest LISTSERV computer, an  Alpha  Server 1000A 5/300 with 128
Mb of RAM (256 in Jan.  '97) thanks  to  the  Swedish  University
Network  (SUNET).   Such  physical features, in a computer, allow
the speediest available delivery  &  searches of material sent to

In  January  ('97),  a  new  FE Web site will be operative to our
colleagues: Both  e-library  &  software  respository  as well as
traffic will be available for searching & browsing.  Furthermore,
the new web site will serve as  a  contact  point  to  share  any
scientific material (texts, data, software code, imagery, sounds,
etc.)  our  colleagues  would  like  to  make  available  to  the
scientific  community.   Please,  send  any  suggestions or ideas
about the new web  site  to  [log in to unmask]
Your input will be most welcome.

                 Acknowledgements - Year 1996
Support: FISH-ECOLOGY has been supported from the begining by the
Swedish Government  through  the  Swedish  University  Network  -
Scandinavia's   networking   core   site,  placed  at  the  Royal
University  of  Technology  (Kungliga  Tekniska  Hoegskolan),  in
Stockholm.  Also,  the  management  of  this  conference has been
supported  (technically  and  otherwise)  by   the   Cumputer   &
Communications  Center  (CICEI) at the U. of Las Palmas, situated
on the Canary Islands (Central East Atlantic).

Systems operation: Senior  systems  managers  Eric Thomas, on the
Swedish side, and Antonio Ocon &  crew,  on  the  Canarian  side,
provided the highly skilled technical support which characterizes
FE:  High  quality  software & hardware engines, running smoothly
and serving the scientific community 24 hrs./day, the year around
without failure.

Expertise &  Participation:  Undoubtly,  both  veteran and junior
scientists, analysts, managers as  well  as  corporate  personnel
have shared a great deal of relevant information and participated
in  many  stimulating  scientific  discussions.  Moreover, the FE
community has, actively,  cooperated  to  keep  the conference as
noise free as possible: This later has been a key factor to  keep
up  FE  scientific  while many sources within Internet are being,
literally,  destroyed   by   off-line   posters   and  commercial
announcements.  The trade-off of  being  an  open,  non-moderated
conference  with  a  set  of simple rules to be followed has been
highly positive due to cooperation.

Future  perspectives:  The  conference  will  become  larger and,
hopefully, better during the coming  year.  I would like to thank
*all involved parties* and, specially, "our"  veteran  scientists
and active FE colleagues for making the conference what it is.

To  those who are approaching the holiday season: Merry Christmas
to   all   &   Best  wishes  of  a  very  productive  year  1997.
Cheers!                                      Aldo-Pier Solari/lo.

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