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From "James Carman" <>
Subject Biological Object Model Project
Date Tue, 07 Jun 2005 22:35:05 GMT


I would like to start a biological object model process (I need to come up
with a catchier name) and I think ASF would be a great place for it.  I
currently work with a product called GKP (Genomics Knowledge Platform) from
a company called Xteric and it works fairly well, but it is not open source.
It's tough to get grant money from the government for software development
if you're using something that's proprietary and not open source.  You can't
exactly tell a university that they have to spend $1M on a software package
if they wish to use it for research.  Anyway, what is needed in the
Genomics/Bioinformatics world is a common, standardized, open source object
model for us to develop applications against.  I understand that I'm
supposed to have a working codebase, but this is still a vision for me.
However, if we started a project, I think we could get some real experts
(bioinformaticians) to contribute and work towards developing a standard
platform.  Any thoughts?


James Carman

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