News & CommentBioinformatics

How to Get Databases Talking the Same Language

Science  17 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5298, pp. 301-302
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5298.301

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.—The brave new world of searching biological databases via the World Wide Web is becoming increasingly balkanized. Differences in database structure and nomenclature hinder research, and efforts at standardization have met resistance. But researchers are optimistic that Web tools developed for other uses may come to the rescue.