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From: Vicki Meyers-Wallen <>
Subject: Re: A popup fundraiser for OMIA
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Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:26:32 -0600

Hello Frank!

I agree that a pop up funding mechanism would be an asset to maintaining
OMIA.  As I am now retired, I completely understand the importance of
finding resources to maintain OMIA.

Thanks for all your hard work in creating and maintaining this essential

Best Regards,
Vicki Meyers-Wallen

On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 7:09 PM Frank Nicholas <>

> Dear OMIA supporters,
> A couple of recent failures of OMIA to reboot after server maintenance,
> combined with the continual need for enhancements to the OMIA
> database/website, have reinforced in my mind the need for a part-time
> software engineer who is familiar with OMIA and who can be called upon to
> resolve emergencies and to provide enhancements.
> Also, although I am still very healthy, as someone now into his 8th decade
> I am increasingly aware of the need to plan for OMIA's continuation after I
> am no longer able to contribute.
> In this context, I have been encouraged to see that OMIM (on which OMIA is
> modelled) has, since 2016, been appealing for donations via a popup, just
> like you see in Wikipedia from time to time. If you go to OMIM's Donate
> tab, you can see that they have received hundreds of donations each year.
> I am planning to create a donation popup for OMIA, programmed (as OMIM's
> is) to appear only once every few weeks for each person accessing the site.
> Each donation will be acknowledged with a formal receipt from the
> University of Sydney.
> In the foreseeable future, all of the donated funds will be devoted to
> retaining a part-time software engineer to respond to emergencies and to
> provide enhancements. In the longer term, some of the funds may be
> allocated to retaining a part-time head curator, when I am no longer able
> to fulfil that role.
> I have no idea of the extent to which this will be successful, but it seems
> to me that there is nothing to lose by trying.
> I would greatly appreciate your feedback on this plan.
> To respond to this mail-list, please send your response to: omia-
> Regards
> Frank
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> level, and for tables of likely causal variants,
> visit Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA):
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Vicki N. Meyers-Wallen, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACT
Associate Professor, Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of
Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Hungerford Hill Rd, Ithaca,
607 256 5683



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