Posters :: dBabble (Alterovitz G, Marwah K, Aggarwal A, Ramoni MF)

If you submit a poster to the conference and would like to be included here, please contact the co-chairs with your poster details.

The following are confirmed poster presentations. Note that there is no dedicated poster session for the workshop – there is just one general poster session for the conference. The information below should help you to find the posters relevant to our workshop.

Lab2: a Web platform for mouse geneticists
Paul LF Tang, You-Qiang Song
Department of Biochemistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Communicating Results from International Collaborations in the Information Age: Introducing the Genomic Applications for Humanity (Genapha) Website
Denise Daley, D Zamar, J Park, B Tripp
James Hogg iCAPTURE Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Open Data and Apache CouchDB
Paul J Davis, S Kumar
New England Biolabs

dBabble: Cross-platform language interfacing to facilitate open science collaborations

Gil Alterovitz*, K Marwah**, A Aggarwal**, MF Ramoni*
*Harvard/MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, Children’s Hospital Informatics Program
**Indian Institute of Technology

Bioinformatics and biocomputing open science research is unique in that it joins many disciplines together. Current programming models for cross-language use (e.g. swig, http://www.swig.org/) assume one high level language for prototyping and one low level for optimized code. This works well in that there is a team of scientists who typically use one language, say Matlab, and want to interface with C for speed. The assumption here is that all of the scientists share a common language- Matlab in this case.

However, in bioinformatics and biocomputing open science endeavors, the situation is different.  By its nature, it involves interdisciplinary work between biologists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. Each comes with their own language. But, perhaps more importantly, each knows and can access vast libraries of code within his/her specialty’s community (written in their native language). Bioinformatics and biocomputing seeks to integrate knowledge, methods, and data from different disciplines. In addition, some specialties use one platform (e.g. mac OS X) while others use different systems (e.g. PC Windows terminal, UNIX server for calculations). This project facilitates this process through design
and implementation of a system that allows for communications between languages and different platforms. The result is dBabble: cross-platform language interfacing. The current framework is already running and in use with collaborators in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. It is open source and available at sourceforge.net (URL to be given by sourceforge.net shortly).

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