Mary at The OpenHelix Blog — hosted by the genomics research resource firm — applauds the National Human Genome Reseach Institutes' efforts to plan for "sustainable exponential growth,""focus on democratization," and "spur better software development," (via Sean Eddy at Cryptogenomicon) but says that no one "really speaks for the consumers of this software and this data." Specifically, Mary writes, beyond question-and-answer style feedback systems and marker papers, "nobody speaks for the end users." The blogger says she'd like to see enhanced outreach efforts, and that they be required — though she doesn't suggest by whom. "No matter how much hardware and documentation you throw at these projects, if people don't know it exists, and have no idea how to use it, the project will not yield all the results that it could," Mary writes, adding that outreach should be standard procedure for software and database projects, "not an afterthought."
'Nobody Speaks for the End Users'
May 11, 2010