Wikis have become popular as lightweight Web-based collaboration tools, but they do not provide great support for structured data. Relational databases provide very strong support for storing, managing and querying structured data but are very difficult to use. Both kinds of systems are currently used in bioinformatics projects - wikis often used in early stages, followed by a painful transition to database-backed web sites once the data needs exceed what a wiki can provide. The Database Wiki project aims to develop a single system that is easy to use, like a wiki, while also providing the scalability and querying power of relational databases. This talk will give an overview of the project and a quick demo. Joint with with Peter Buneman, Sam Lindley and Heiko Mueller.
By James Cheney.
Date: Friday 25th November 2011, 10:30, Turing Room