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Will Widgets and Semantic Tagging Change Computational Biology?

Authors
Journal
PLoS Computational Biology
1553-734X
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000673
Keywords
  • Perspective
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Linguistics

Abstract

pcbi.1000673 1..3 Perspective Will Widgets and Semantic Tagging Change Computational Biology? Philip E. Bourne1*, Bojan Beran2, Chunxiao Bi2, Wolfgang Bluhm2, Roland Dunbrack4, Andreas Prlic´2, Greg Quinn2, Peter Rose2, Raship Shah3, Wendy Tao3, Brian Weitzner4¤, Ben Yukich2 1 Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America, 2 San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America, 3Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States of America, 4 Institute for Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America We argue here, through the use of several examples from our work in support of structural biology, that the answer to the question posed by the title of this Perspective is a resounding yes. The discus- sion that follows is aimed primarily at those of the journal’s readers who are biological resource developers and Web page developers interested in developing the richest possible Web pages. However, those of you who simply use biological resources might find this a helpful discus- sion in understanding what is on the horizon. Whatever your interest, please let us hear your opinion on the question posed by this Perspective through the associated comment feature. We define a widget as a simple piece of code that can be embedded into a Web page or desktop to provide functionality that is derived from another Web site. To put widgets into perspective with other technologies, widgets share the portability and usability of an applet but are typically simpler. Similarly, widgets provide some of the functionality of products like Microsoft SharePoint, but are usually nonpropri- etary. Here a semantic tag is defined as a specific type of widget that brings some semant

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