[BiO BB] Please guide me

Dan Bolser dmb at mrc-dunn.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jan 30 04:34:46 EST 2004

++ HKG--
>>> What would the benefits of a common schema be?
>>interoperability, foundation of the field, common development
>>environment, growth
> A common schem wont help one to achive that.

Not directly no - but it would be a big help!

Maybe this is a big prejudice of mine, but I am actually quite passionate about this
idea. After all, when one mathematician talks to another, they have a common formal
language with which to do so - chemists too and the same with comp-sci. Now, while
every biologist damn well knows he has a common language to communicate with his
peers, this language is not easily formalized. The previous examples are able to
work by defining primitives and association rules, but in biology the primitives are
already high level concepts, and the association rules are often the results of
ongoing research activities. Thus these 'fundamentals' are not easy to agree - this
is why we must develop a formal framework within which precise definitions and
relationships can emerge pragmatically, in effect leading to a global schema. From
the viewpoint of the philosophy of science I think this is how it works in the
brains of biologists (I could be wrong), the difficulty is getting something similar
to happen in a computer friendly way. I am 100% confident (maybe you see my
prejudice) that this will happen someday.


>>I guess people can add more.
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