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Bioinformatics: converting data to knowledge : a workshop by Robert Pool

By Robert Pool

The aim of this workshop was once to assemble bioinformatics stake holders from executive, academe, and for an afternoon of displays and discussion. Fifteen specialists pointed out and mentioned probably the most very important matters raised through the present flood of biologic facts. themes explored incorporated the significance of database curation, database integration and interoperability, consistency and criteria in terminology, mistakes prevention and correction, facts provenance, ontology, the significance of holding privateness, information mining, and the necessity for extra desktop scientists with distinctiveness education in bioinformatics. even if formal conclusions and suggestions won't come from this actual workshop, many insights should be gleaned in regards to the way forward for this box, from the context of the discussions and shows defined here.

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She got her BS in mathematics at Cornell University (1978) and her PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at Princeton University (1982). Jointly with G. Christian Overton, Val Tannen, Peter Buneman, and Limsoon Wong at Penn, she has developed BioKleisli, a system for integrating biomedical databases that is being used within the Tambis project at the University of Manchester and for several projects in SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals. Her current research projects include techniques for automating the development, annotation, and refreshing of biomedical-data warehouses and the use of high-speed networks to connect Mouse Brain Atlas image data with genomic data.

Topics explored included the importance of database curation, database integration and interoperability, consistency and standards in terminology, error prevention and correction, data provenance, ontology, the importance of maintaining privacy, data mining, and the need for more computer scientists with specialty training in bioinformatics. Although formal conclusions and recommendations will not come from this particular workshop, many insights may be gleaned about the future of this field, from the context of the discussions and presentations described here.

Cherry’s interests are in integrating and facilitating the analysis of the vast amounts of information in genome and microarray databases. *Susan B. Davidson is professor of Computer and Information Science and co-director of the Center for Bioinformatics at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has been since 1982. She got her BS in mathematics at Cornell University (1978) and her PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at Princeton University (1982). Jointly with G. Christian Overton, Val Tannen, Peter Buneman, and Limsoon Wong at Penn, she has developed BioKleisli, a system for integrating biomedical databases that is being used within the Tambis project at the University of Manchester and for several projects in SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals.

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