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Mapping the Internet

Internet mapAs of 2007, the Internet is mostly still a wild untamed jungle. Many people have tried to chart the territory, but what should a map of the internet look like?


Documenting bioinformatics APIs

It seems that most bioinformatics web services use SOAP, and the extent of their documentation is the accompanying WSDL file - not very helpful for anyone who wants to use them outside a workflow-type tool like Taverna, and even then often not descriptive enough to know what should go in each field.


Burn semantic Web, Burn!

Taking down A.I. town?

Danger! Religious Wars!The Semantic Web is (quote) "a new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers". It will "unleash a revolution of new possibilities" using a magical "new" artificially intelligent technology called ontology. So says a much-cited article in Scientific American published back in May 2001. Most people who have read this article, fall into two camps: "believers" and "non-believers". Let me tell you a short story about a religious war between these two groups...


Nature is a Whore

Tiggywinkles Kurt Cobain tributeNature is a whore. These are not my words, but the words of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana on the song In Bloom. What, exactly, did he mean?


New SciView interview with Dr Roderic Page

After a long hiatus SciView is back with a new interview with Dr Roderic Page from the University of Glasgow. Dr Page is the current Editor in Chief of Syatematic Biology and developer of TreeView(X), the beloved phylogenetic tree visualization software. He was also the editor of the Current Protocols in Bioinformatics.

As usual here is the link.

Enjoy.


Data Integration in the Life Sciences 2008

Mon dieu! Doesn't time fly? Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS) is here again, see the Call For Papers. This time, DILS will be in Evry near Paris. The conference is on June 25-27, 2008 but if you're thinking of doing a paper, you've got until February 20th 2008 to submit your paperware.


Journal article search via RSS mashup

I've been trying to come up with a nice way to mashup and process RSS feeds, mostly for the reason to be able to track articles from Journals that publish content that interests me. The best solution seems to be the workflows that can be constructed at Yahoo Pipes.


Nodalpointless: What's the point of blogging?

I am a hard bloggin' scientist. Read the Manifesto.
Sometimes I wonder what what the point of blogging is and just how much time people (myself included) waste reading and writing them. Let's face it, most leading scientists are too damn busy to pay much attention to the blogosphere, especially when it descends (as it frequently does) into "uncontrollable verbal discharge". This unfortunate medical condition is also known as Blogorrhoea. A free-flowing blog is unlikely to directly increase a scientists productivity (as approximated by the infamous h-index), and might even decrease it. Now, we all know that powerpoint can be PowerPointless, so is blogging also a pointless activity? Or to put it another way: Nodalpoint or Nodalpointless?


The Webolution Will Be Televised

tvThe American poet and songwriter Gil Scott-Heron once famously remarked that The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [1]. Science has undergone its own quiet revolution since the invention of the Web back in 1990. This has slowly but surely changed scientific communication, not just a Revolution but a "Webolution" [2] if you like. The recent addition of television to the Web means that, to paraphrase Gil, the Webolution will be televised. You can now watch some of the webolution in science, thanks the likes of JOVE (The Journal Of Visualised Experiments), SciVee.TV, Google Video and YouTube. What are these sites like and is their scientific and technical content any good?


The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)


Falk Schuch, Andreas Linsner and Kai Jung
Calling all Scientists, is your hair luxuriant and flowing? Perhaps you're a bouffant bioinformatician, a hairy hacker or share a lab with somebody who is? If this is you, its high-time you joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists.


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