Dear Colleagues,

With a new week starting, I'd like to inform you that as of this morning, we
have 23 subscribers from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Israel, Netherlands,
Scotland and the USA. Furthermore, an unknown number of Usenet readers (i.e.,
the news posting system on the world-wide UUCP network) have access to the list,
among others, via a Usenet gateway at BLEKUL11 (Leuven, Belgium). May I sug-
gest that you inform your own (electronic) colleagues about the existence and
scope of BIOMCH-L@HEARN -- especially at institutions different from your own?

One interesting possibility of the distribution list is to post requests for
help in accessing databases (measurements, reports, software, etc.). Alter-
natively, list subscribers may wish to share their resources, in order to
arrive at co-authored publications. In the biomechanics area, there is a
substantial amount of "reinventing the wheel and the gun-powder", and it may
prove useful to check on the list whether someone has certain tools available
that otherwise would have to be rewritten.

For example, there is a substantial amount of non-commercial, mathematical
software which is available to interested parties by electronic mail; see my
"Letter to the Editor" in the February 1987 issue of the Journal of Biomecha-
nics. Various of these are useful in areas like biokinematics, inverse
dynamics, finite element analysis, and digital signal processing. A highly
useful mathematical fileserver is NETLIB@RESEARCH.ATT.COM, from which further
details can be obtained by sending the one-line request "send index" by email
(NB: this is a UNIX fileserver, so source code may require some modification;
requests to NETLIB in CAPITALS result in mailings in CAPITALS only). A des-
cription of NETLIB by Dongarra & Grosse is available in the May 1987 issue of
the Communications of the ACM. Also BITNET has quite a few fileservers;
information about these can be retrieved interactively from NETSERV@ for your country, or by mailing the request SENDME BITNET SERVERS to
NETSERV. General information on NETSERV is available via the request HELP,
also interactively or by email.

Regards -- Herman J. Woltring