As the field of bioinformatics grows, the vast number of software tools and databases available to researchers is becoming more and more difficult to track. In the December issue of PLoS Computational Biology, a team of researchers proposed a possible solution to this problem in the form of a "bioinformatics resourceome," which would be built upon an ontology "on which a fully distributed system of registration and annotation of biology-related computational resources could be constructed." [PLoS Comput Biol 1(7): e76]

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