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Will Widgets and Semantic Tagging Change Computational Biology?

  • Philip E. Bourne mail,

    pbourne@ucsd.edu

    Affiliation: Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Bojan Beran,

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Chunxiao Bi,

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Wolfgang Bluhm,

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Roland Dunbrack,

    Affiliation: Institute for Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Andreas Prlić,

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Greg Quinn,

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Peter Rose,

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Raship Shah,

    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Wendy Tao,

    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Brian Weitzner,

    Affiliation: Institute for Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Ben Yukich

    Affiliation: San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

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  • Published: February 26, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000673

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Good idea in moderation.

Posted by mlangill on 26 Feb 2010 at 19:16 GMT

What do you think?
http://ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000673#article1.body1.sec1.p7

I think some things will make great widgets that will be very popular. However, I have nightmares of web pages filled with multiple widgets looking like a My Space page. The major limitation of widgets is that they can't talk to each other thus limiting the ability to join them together into a pipeline. However, I still think they are useful in many situations as you have explained clearly in your article.

No competing interests declared.