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Peter Midford
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Perhaps another reason I'm underwhelmed by RDF is that the biggest uses that I've seen in biology (e.g., +UniProt ) are essentially reworkings of fairly closed systems where identifiers already exist (e.g., +NCBI  tax ids, etc.). So, we simply remodel the data as triples. In some ways this is a pretty trivial use case for RDF.

The case of aggregating biodiversity data (taxa, names, specimens, sequences, publications, people) seemed to exemplify the problem linked data tackles - we've a bunch of distributed data, lets slap on some identifiers on it and watch it automagically coalesce into a tightly connected network that we can do cool stuff with. Turns out, the coalescence doesn't happen, at least not without a huge amount of work. Hence, I get annoyed with people who think "linked data" is a magic bullet. It isn't.
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SInce other people are posting this already, I'm happy to report that our power analysis of BiSSE paper is out in pre-press.
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This afternoon I started my first serious Scala coding at work. Then this evening I went to a Clojure users group where someone was presenting an overview of Haskel for Clojure users. Looking like there is life after Java.
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At 630 AM, I excitedly announced that it was taxonomist appreciation day today.  My family looked at me with a touch of curiosity, but mostly bewilderment. Huh?  These looks caused me to launch into a rant about the importance of taxonomy (over coffee, cereal, spilled milk, and amongst the panic of lunch preparation in our tiny kitchen- perhaps a little much for my bleary-eyed teenage son....) ...
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Yes, taxonomy is an endless source of headaches for us informatics types - but without them what would we and the rest of biology have to work with.
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Apparently Jim Crow, whom I knew somewhat (mostly from a graduate student reading group in Madison) has passed. I fear I didn't know him well enough to do his memory justice.
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Education
  • Harvey Mudd College
    Math, 1983
  • Yale University
    Computer Science, 1987
  • University of Wisconsin
    Zoology, 1999
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  • University of Kansas
    Temporary Position, 2013 - present
  • NESCent
    Bioinformatics, 2012
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