At The Open Helix Blog, a blogger comments on the partnership between The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) and the journal Plant Physiology that's pushing authors to input their own data into the TAIR database. The blogger worries about the fact that most scientists aren't trained data curators, and databases such as these -- large and complex ones that need a certain amount of professional upkeep -- will suffer. "Now, I would use the form, and I would submit, and I would try to do it to meet standards and with accuracy," the blogger writes. "But I have had lots of colleagues over the years who would have blown that off. So I hope there is compliance, but ... we’ll see."
Division of Labor is Good
Mar 26, 2008