Data integration is such a headache, Neil Saunders blogs at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, because people have gotten wrapped up in collecting all possible data. "We've become so wrapped up in the minutiae of individual types of biological data that we've forgotten how it all fits together – or the point of collecting it all in the first place," he says. Instead, Saunders says simple descriptions of an experiment should be used. "My current model is called the feature-probe-value approach," he says, adding that his "hope is that storing data using this simple model should make it much easier to mine and analyse."
Just a Complication
Dec 02, 2009