[BiO BB] Biological Database Journal?

Dan Bolser dmb at mrc-dunn.cam.ac.uk
Thu Dec 4 12:10:19 EST 2003

How can we start a journal?

I think there is a gap in the market for a technical journal of biological database.

While there are many 'database journals' there is no central repository for database
schema or datamodels. i.e. all the models which have been published exist 'out
there' in the literature and on various websites as gif images. The NAR database
issue is really great, but it would be nice to have a categorized repository to go
with it.

Additionally, we need a central database of biological datamodels and database
schema for example based around http://www.schemamania.org/

Just like the PDB, publishing a database could depend on a valid schema entry in
this central database. The accompanying journal would be a place for new technical
discoveries relevant to the field to be published, as well as a place to discuss
details of specific models.

This would be an ideal way to get the community focused on the 'semantic
interoperability' problem (sorry to those of you out there who already are :)
It would also provide an exelent benchmark for all the integration technologies
which exist, giving them a common set of databases to look at.

How do you go about starting a journal?

Have I totally missed some similar resource?


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