In the Future Will a Biological Database Really be Different than a Biological Journal?


Fri Oct 18, 2013


Philip E. Bourne
University of California San Diego


Data Sharing






I first posed this question in an Editorial in 2005. Well the future is now, so what is the answer to the question? I will give you at least my opinion of an answer and back it up with work that we and others have been doing at this interface. My own experience will be drawn from our database work with the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) and the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB) and as Co-founder and Founding Editor in Chief of the journal PLOS Computational Biology.



Philip E. Bourne PhD is Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industry Alliances, a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego, Associate Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank and an Adjunct Professor at the Sanford Burnham Institute. Bourne's professional interests focus on relevant biological and educational outcomes derived from computation and scholarly communication. This implies algorithms, text mining, machine learning, metalanguages, biological databases, and visualization applied to problems in systems pharmacology, evolution, cell signaling, apoptosis, immunology and scientific dissemination. He has published over 300 papers and 5 books, one of which sold over 150,000 copies. Bourne is committed to maximizing the societal benefit derived from university research. He has co-founded 4 companies: ViSoft Inc., Protein Vision Inc., a company distributing independent films for free and most recently SciVee. Bourne is committed to furthering the free dissemination of science through new models of publishing and better integration and subsequent dissemination of data and results which as far as possible should be freely available to all. He is the co-founder and founding Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal PLOS Computational Biology. Bourne is a Past President of the International Society for Computational Biology, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Awards include: the Jim Gray eScience Award (2010), the Benjamin Franklin Award (2009), the Flinders University Convocation Medal for Outstanding Achievement (2004), the Sun Microsystems Convergence Award (2002) and the CONNECT Award for new inventions (1996 & 97). Personal interests are hiking, flying and motor bikes.


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