NAT GOODMAN proposes an integrated data repository. If someone would build it, he bets scientists would come.
Biological databases, like the Web at large, are suffering from a disease of wealth. There are bushels of useful data out there, but it can be hard to find what you need. Often data are spread out over multiple databases and pages, that even after you find what you’re looking for, it can take a lot of work to pull it together.