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May 01, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 9)

My functional genomics and data mining glossaries

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Here’s another one of those really interesting ideas that I wish I’d thought of. High tech science goes hand in hand with language and lingo that can sound like a foreign language to nonpractitioners. Consequently, the Web abounds with glossary and dictionary sites aimed at describing those many techie terms. My Functional Genomes and Datamining Glossaries does those other sites one better by providing listings of the many terms (alphabetically), but instead of providing definitions, it links to other sites that have the definitions. Sound lazy? Not really. I suspect it took more time to assemble the links than it ever would have taken to write the descriptions. In addition, the different site definitions are precisely written to deal with specific terms, meaning that the definitions are better than any one person would do on their own. Now that’s clever.
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