By Robert Pool
The target of this workshop used to be to compile bioinformatics stake holders from govt, academe, and for an afternoon of shows and discussion. Fifteen specialists pointed out and mentioned one of the most vital concerns raised via the present flood of biologic info. themes explored incorporated the significance of database curation, database integration and interoperability, consistency and criteria in terminology, mistakes prevention and correction, information provenance, ontology, the significance of protecting privateness, info mining, and the necessity for extra machine scientists with area of expertise education in bioinformatics. even supposing formal conclusions and proposals won't come from this actual workshop, many insights could be gleaned concerning the way forward for this box, from the context of the discussions and displays defined here.
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Once an error has been identified, a curator can use the information about it to decide what to do. “You can remove the conflicting data, or you can simply take the formula and put an annotation on it, say that it is in conflict and we don’t know what to do with it. Mark it and go on. That is also possible to do. ” Either way, Andersen said, by having a database that can identify inconsistencies in data and give information about how and why they are inconsistent, curators should be able to deal with errors much more effectively than is possible with current database configurations.
There are also a number of practical issues in preserving privacy, Wiederhold noted, such as the possibility of unethical use of genetic information by insurance companies. Methods for protecting privacy have not kept pace with the increasing use of shared databases. ” In those other fields, the first line of defense has been to control access and to keep all but a select few out of a database altogether. ” Those who run databases that contain sensitive information will therefore need to find different approaches to protecting privacy.
Issues addressed in that domain include the resolution of semantic inconsistencies, effective delegation of processing to remote nodes, simulation for augmentation of results, and providing security and privacy in collaborative settings. His early research contributions included development of real-time data-acquisition technology for medical research (1966), time-oriented databases for ambulatory care (1972), the initiation of knowledge-based research (1977), and the concept of mediated architectures for information integration (1990).
Bioinformatics: converting data to knowledge : a workshop summary by Robert Pool