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?

Watson [ ] comments

From the guy who is already known for:
"woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual"
"a link between skin colour and sex drive, positing the theory that black people have higher libidos"
"argued in favour of genetic screening and engineering on the basis that " stupidity" could one day be cured"
"People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would great"
Comes another:
"all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really"

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?

How the Scientific Publishing Industry Began to Eat Itself

Greg Tyrell recently remarked that there was no point in defending open-access publishing because its triumph is a foregone conclusion. I agree with him. However, for the younger guys out there, it may not be obvious why subscription science magazines is going the way of the Dodo. So I would like to offer some history.

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.

"Dry lab" notebook

I've been skimming through my notes recently and I've been thinking about a good way to organize things electronically.
Inspired by a post in Bioinformatics Zen, I decided to use a wiki (not MediaWiki, as it's really overkill), and I chose DokuWiki. However I think most of my research is done by taking daily notes, therefore a wiki is not really a good option because daily posts have to be created manually.

Referencing blog posts in a thesis?

I'm almost done with my Ph.D. thesis, and while looking for some critical views of Gene Ontology I've stumbled over an interesting blog post by Kay on the subject. He quotes some papers which I promptly added in the thesis's references, but I would like to add also some of his blog posts in the reference. Has anyone ever added blog posts to their references? Is this an acceptable practice?

Redundancy reduction of sequence sets

Does anyone have a good (free, open source) software solution to reduce the redundancy of a set of sequences (eg return a set where no two sequences are more than 90 % identical, based on a pairwise alignment) ?

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