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Indraneel Majumdar indraneel at indialine.org
Sat Sep 15 18:35:06 EDT 2001

I'm sorry I didn't understand properly. Do you refer to the cell as a
biological cell, or as a unit of useful data?

In case of the former probably that's what we are trying to find out,
together with the broader perspective of all cells working together.

In case of the latter, we probably already have the units of data,
sometimes related and sometimes not. Now is the time to seggregate them
to it's smallest units and link them up using relations (yes, I'm
implying relational database systems). We do however need to know what
to expect out of this database, and also account for the fact that we
can never know how to scale it when new types of data come along (but
then this applies to every field). From my personal work, I have found
that simply being able to group and ungroup data shows up hidden facts,
and also generates ideas for new studies. (If you're curious, I use
PostgreSQL :)


On Thu, Sep 13, 2001 at 10:34:18PM -0400, Val Bykoski wrote:
> Mike,
> To me, data integration is part of more serious problem 
> how to build a realistic cell model.  Without cell model,
> there is no (computational) framework to integrate the
> data around.  Data needs to be integrated into smth biologically
> significant - otherwise the data is very much useless...
> my best, val


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