local database need

RYBICKI, ED ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za
Wed Feb 15 03:08:18 EST 1995

> From:          THOMPSON at jaguar.csc.wsu.edu ("Steve Thompson: VADMS 
> Subject:       RE: local database need

> In <1995Feb14.114132.19915 at comp.bioz.unibas.ch> Reinhard Doelz 
> <doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch> argues for the importance of locally 
maintained > databases:


> Even though we may be in the minority, I wholeheartedly agree with 
> Local databases enable these more complex analyses to be a trivial 
> Additionally, local databases enable the VERY novice user to run 
> it is convenient for everybody to have the data home.  

Yes, yes, yes, and again, yes...we just got the latest GCG database 
on CD and it is WONDERFUL to be able to do local complex searches 

Furthermore, local
> databases REDUCE network traffic and provide backup/alternative 
sites.  Let's
> all do our part to conserve bandwidth.  

Right: it is wonderful, it is good, etc, etc.  BUT we out here in 
the 2nd-grading-onto-3rd-world cannot necessarily AFFORD the 
databases....!!!  At $US2000 per annum to maintain the database, it 
is WAY outside of our budget, so we have simply done without 
completely (until the ver 8.0 upgrade, with which a db came) for 
several years, and sent off BLAST searches by email or (recently) 
via the Web.

Remember: for quite few users the local cost burden may simply be 
too high for us to be good citizens, and keep our traffic local.

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