Drupal and MyLabBook icons

UPGRADING WITH A FORUM

We have upgraded the MyLabBook.org website with a new look and with a new forum. Our hope is that the forum will foster greater interaction among those who are interested in using Drupal as a lab informatics platform and can serve as a knowledge base of sorts for those who are exploring options for laboratory informatics platforms, especially those of the open source variety. After monitoring the open source landscape for laboratory informatics platforms for several years, it is apparent that there is a need for somewhere to have these discussions.

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Drupal components matching the Semantic Web Layer Cake

DRUPAL AND THE SEMANTIC WEB LAYER CAKE

While working on a paper about Drupal as an Electronic Lab Notebook that utilizes Semantic Web technologies, a graduate student asked me for more visuals about what I was trying to do. In response, I came up with the graphic below to describe how Drupal currently relates to the Semantic Web. To me, it presents an interesting focal point for thinking about Drupal as a platform for the Semantic Web. How much is really implemented at this point? And how much of the layer cake does it really make sense to implement with Drupal?

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OPEN SOURCE ALTERNATIVES

According to some recent articles in the science technology press, ELNs are a growing market. For example, a 2006-2007 article at Scientific Computing estimated that the market was about 50 million USD in 2005 and was growing at 20% to 30% per year. This makes a great deal of sense when we take into account the growing complexity of science and the massive amount of data that is collected and needs to be analyzed.

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