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How much does data integration cost ?

From: Andrea Splendiani <andrea.splendiani@bbsrc.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:24:53 +0000
Message-ID: <339406583748547@jngomktg.net>
To: HCLS IG <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Hi,

I was wondering if anybody on this list has some figures on how much
time/resources are spent in data integration, as a percentage of the overall
'task' performed.
I often got the impression that 'data integration' is an obscure entity for
many final users. For instance people concerned about getting results out of
data usually only refer to the overall process as 'analysis', and often data
integration is an ill defined entity shadowed by a better defined
statistical analysis.
I know this varies across organizations/tasks and that the distinction
between 'data integration' and the rest is a bit fuzzy, however, in a first
approximation, which is the size of the problem that the Semantic Web is
trying to tackle ?
Obviously, I would be interested in the Life Sciences and Health Care
context.

best,
Andrea Splendiani


Andrea Splendiani
Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology
+44(0)1582 763133 ext 2004
andrea.splendiani@bbsrc.ac.uk
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