CytometryNet with Gopher Servers CYTOGERM & CYTOESACP
The foundation of the Society for Analytical Cytology (SAC) at Schloss Elmau near Mittenwald (Germany) in 1978 provided a formal structure for cytometry scientists having assembled previously in a series of meetings in Europe and the USA. The increasing need for communicaton prompted Paul Robinson in 1989, while still at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to set up the Cytometry E-mail discussion list. This proved very helpful for the exchange of ideas about flow cytometer operation, assay configuration, data processing etc. Information about the activities of the various national cytometry societies either for their respective members or for interested members of other societies was, however, not sufficiently addressed in this way. GŁnter Valet set up in Sept/Oct 1994 the CytometryNet within the Gopher system as first cytometry society server for information exchange amongst the various societies and their members.
The Gopher information system (Mark P McCahill, University of Minnesota (USA) 1991) was initially a textual system as shown in an early CYTOGERM appearance. A short extract of a log file shows the download of the various CYTOGERM ASCII text files. The Gopher system equally displayed HTML files (HyperText Mark-up Language) as did the newly developed MOSAIC browser (11/1993) for communication within the worldwide web (WWW). The MOSAIC browser displayed Gopher as well as HTML files. The ease of browser operation led to a migration of Gopher users to the WWW system.
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