open source bio-information

i was searching for an open source solutions for data warehousing .. , because i needed one. most of the data warehousing solutions are pretty expensive.. such as Cognos, Crystal and even MS SQL Server.

then i found the following site..

http://biopeer.blogs.com/biopeer/opensource_biology/index.html
accordingly, it states the reason for its existence is because most of the research data are proprietary to labs and university, they are trying to come out with a set of data for free.

thus, what they are doing now is that they they created a standard data model, and they created some software interface that would take the data entry. The data entry modules would follow strictly with the data model.

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/6/34

the whole thing will be based on mySQL.

and then also i come across another software called Scicraft . The web page was pretty impressive.. my first impression upon reading the introduction was that it could be another great software such as mathematica . I thought it could run any software; multiple of them simultaneously and let user do data analysis. This means i could go buy any data analysis software from the shelf and have them run together using SciCaft.

What it appears to me is what I was really overhyped. based on the following link, i happen to learn that it can't support all software except for few types with plugins available, currently only Octave, R(statistical) and Pythons(something like Java).

http://www.springerlink.com/index/6TATC7XKCWRLHCQL
therefore, the allies of open source has to be another open source, it cannot be Microsoft or etc.

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