[BiO BB] Re: Bioinformatics Project

Dan Bolser dmb at mrc-dunn.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jul 31 18:18:57 EDT 2003

Teletchéa Stéphane said:
> Le jeu 31/07/2003 à 20:32, Gary Van Domselaar a écrit :
>> Hey Gang,
>> I'm not sure how relevant this is for PHP, but I thought I would mention  this
>> kind of cool idea:
>> A while back my colleague J.W. Bizzaro suggested a P2P system for distribution
>> of scientific articles in PDF (and perhaps other) formats.   Users of the system
>> would store their favorite articles locally on their server, but make them
>> accessible to others through the P2P system.  The system would allow the
>> articles to be restricted to certain authenticated groups (eg lab members). Type
>> checking could be enforced so only 'document file formats' would be distributed,
>> reducing the potential for abuse.  A  system like this combined with the
>> features you describe, like automatic  field retrieval and population from
>> PubMed would be a very useful system  indeed.
> Have alook at refdb, it will allow exactly what you are displaying, the
> peer-to-peer solution is nevertheless a bad thing when it is used for a large
> scale exchange, MPAA or RIAA or whatever company/group is involved in the
> treatment of the problem (they should find a way to distribute their contents more
> logically and the peer-to-peer system would stop by itself).
> To be short, linking pybliographic to lyx and refdb is actually a
> working system for publication-class paper, but you can imagine much more : on
> this database, everyone could add its comments on a specific paper, like this,
> you're beginning to have a real database of knowledge based on publication, and
> experience from users (some tricks for
> improving scales for examples). You'll begin to use a computer at its real power
> ...

This would be really great, a discussion group for each paper, including
the authors and critics.

I have thought the same thing would be usefull for 'open' database systems,
a particular sequence could have its own discussion group debating the
sequence annotation.

> Stef
> --
> Teletchéa Stéphane <steletch at biomedicale.univ-paris5.fr>

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