Gregor Hagedorn G.Hagedorn at BBA.DE
Thu Nov 25 17:08:22 CET 1999

Dear Colleagues

I welcome all the new members of the list! Currently 96 people have
subscribed, that is considerably more than I expected. However, only
few people from the NEXUS community have subscribed.

As it should be, the discussion is already in full flow. If those
people who have signed up late want to catch up, please can go to the
web archive (http://usobi.org/archives/tdwg-sdd.html).

Perhaps we should try to add some more structure (Kevin already made
some suggestions), but in any case just keep posting everything you
think relevant.

Regarding the general purpose of this list and the manager (Mauro's
question), I post the welcome message below. Most of you have already
received this, but some early subscribers did not or received an
earlier version.

Separate postings with minutes and a provisional outline will follow.


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