This is the second of the abstracts for talks being given at the 1st Eagle Genomics Symposium, "Provisioning Bioinformatics for the Next Decade - are we prepared?". This week we'll hear from Professor Carole Goble of the University of Manchester's School of Computer Science, who will present a talk entitled "Provisioning bioinformatics using open source software: plate spinning, wave riding and friendships."
Here is Carole's abstract:
"The myGrid project is a provider of open source bioinformatics software and community services (Taverna, BioCatalogue, myExperiment, SysMO-SEEK, Rightfield), working closely with, and driven by the needs of, life science researchers. Our most recent new challenge is a new EU Innovative Medicines Initiative, OpenPHACTS, which will build a semantic web-based Open Pharmacological Space along with 6 pharmaceutical companies, the Royal Society of Chemistry and many academic partners.
In my talk I will highlight how we address the challenges of:
- keeping open source production infrastructure relevant and ongoing to new challenges of bioinformatics research (in academia or industry);
- supporting software and services, particularly in a research funding agency regime oriented to financing new things rather than sustaining and leveraging prior investments;
- balancing technical research agendas, stable and adopted infrastructure and scientific research
I’ll argue that our methods are similar to the “skunk works” approaches adopted in some pharmaceutical companies, but our freedom to make open source partnerships and alliances makes us just as likely, if not better, prepared to provision bioinformatics."
If you're interested in what Carole has to say, why not sign up and come along!