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   RE: [xml-dev] bioinformatics, XML

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Hmm, this DAS looks pretty nice.  Instead of attempting to solve all
metadata problems at once, they just focus on one important area where
there is a concern about metadata becoming Balkanized and attack that.
I bet that this project will be a continuing source of important lessons
about implementing web-based and xml-based metadata sharing.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 5:40 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] bioinformatics, XML
> Some interesting bits popping up.
> http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/1109
> My favorite bit:
> -----------------------------
> Perhaps commenting on Ewan Birney's earlier remarks about how he has
> become
> unhappy with XML due to it's high amount of overhead, Lincoln quipped
> is the worst possible solution, except for all the other solutions."
> it is clear the overhead associated with XML can be problematic with
> of the huge datasets used in bioinformatics, it seems to be working
like a
> champ in DAS.
> -----------------------------
> For more on the concerns, see:
> http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/1099
> -----------------------------
> One of his comments, that he is no longer so happy with XML as once he
> prompted a question from the audience after the keynote. He expanded
> that comment, saying that he finds XML verbose (not a good thing when
> data sets are already huge) and that most often the schemas are poorly
> designed and tools poorly implemented. When schemas and tools are
> and implemented well, he approves.
> ------------------------------
> That last bit doesn't seem too surprising.
> Simon St.Laurent
> Associate Editor, O'Reilly & Associates
> http://simonstl.com
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