Imagine you are confronted one day by a pile of hundreds of tiny metal gears, springs, screws and such. Could you tell by looking at that pile that you could assemble a Swiss watch from it? Now imagine that you are given a list of parts for a person and want to know how an estimated 25-100 trillion cells in the human body function over a lifetime....
We are at this stage right now in biology. The human genome project has provided us with a large number of parts, but we donít know they fit together, how the biomolecules interact....
A major challenge for studying the cellular network is collecting all known public information from very diverse sources, such as the biomedical literature, raw experimental data and the hundreds of existing pathway databases. Open access content and open source software systems are critical for overcoming this challenge. Once information is freely shared in open, standard formats, it can be aggregated, integrated, searched, visualized and analyzed. The Bader lab is involved in a number of open access projects that together work towards this goal....
Peter Suber at 4/10/2007 08:06:00 AM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.