In article <2jjqin$gu2 at overload.lbl.gov> Bradley K. Sherman,
bks at s27w007.pswfs.gov writes:
>Almost by definition the most vital data collected
>in a research environment will not be in a
>standard format. The research is often intended
You're assuming that data will continue to be stored in such static
formats as "tab-delimited".
>to discover the very taxonomy that would allow the
>programmer to neatly define objects in the domain
>of the program.
Collaborative computing among biologists doesn't even happen yet in cases
where the data formats ARE fairly static and have been well defined.
And you've got to start somewhere, otherwise your search for the best
taxonomy becomes a catch-22.