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Re: Towards a cyberinfrastructure for the biological sciences: progress, visions and challenges

From: Kei Cheung <kei.cheung@yale.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 23:33:51 -0400
Message-ID: <48AB909F.20000@yale.edu>
To: Duncan Hull <duncan.hull@cs.man.ac.uk>
CC: public-semweb-lifesci <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, Scott Marshall <marshall@science.uva.nl>

Hi Duncan,

Thanks for sharing the article. It's interesting to see Wiki, Semantic 
Web, ontologies, etc are mentioned as part of the cyberinfrastructure 
(e-Science). Also, it's interesting to see scientific workflows can be 
published via Wiki (e.g., myExperiment).



Duncan Hull wrote:

> Hello
> A new paper in Nature Reviews Genetics that talks about semantics in  
> various contexts in the life sciences, might be of interest to this  
> list...
> Stein, L. D. (2008). Towards a cyberinfrastructure for the biological  
> sciences: progress, visions and challenges. Nat Rev Genet, 9(9):678-688.
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrg2414
> (Sorry, this is not generally accessible, closed-access publishing,  
> but a wiki-fied version is linked to below)
> Abstract: Biology is an information-driven science. Large-scale data  
> sets from genomics, physiology, population genetics and imaging are  
> driving research at a dizzying rate. Simultaneously,  
> interdisciplinary collaborations among experimental biologists,  
> theorists, statisticians and computer scientists have become the key  
> to making effective use of these data sets. However, too many  
> biologists have trouble accessing and using these electronic data  
> sets and tools effectively. A 'cyberinfrastructure' is a combination  
> of databases, network protocols and computational services that  
> brings people, information and computational tools together to  
> perform science in this information-driven world. This article  
> reviews the components of a biological cyberinfrastructure, discusses  
> current and pending implementations, and notes the many challenges  
> that lie ahead.
> One of the potentially interesting things about this paper is ...
> http://blogs.nature.com/wp/nascent/2008/08/wikiwikiwah.html
> http://nrgwiki.nature.com/cyberinfrastructureforbiology/show/HomePage
> .... it is accompanied by a wiki-version which they (Nature 
> Publishing  Group) are encouraging users to contribute to.
> Duncan
> ---
> http://duncan.hull.name
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