Open Source Software in Life Science Research: Practical Solutions to Common Challenges in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Beyond (Hardcover)

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Open Source Software in Life Science Research: Practical Solutions to Common Challenges in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Beyond (Hardcover)

By Lee Harland (Editor), Mark Forster (Editor)

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The free/open source approach has grown from a minor activity to become a significant producer of robust, task-orientated software for a wide variety of situations and applications. To life science informatics groups, these systems present an appealing proposition - high quality software at a very attractive price. Open source software in life science research considers how industry and applied research groups have embraced these resources, discussing practical implementations that address real-world business problems.

The book is divided into four parts. Part one looks at laboratory data management and chemical informatics, covering software such as Bioclipse, OpenTox, ImageJ and KNIME. In part two, the focus turns to genomics and bioinformatics tools, with chapters examining GenomicsTools and EBI Atlas software, as well as the practicalities of setting up an 'omics' platform and managing large volumes of data. Chapters in part three examine information and knowledge management, covering a range of topics including software for web-based collaboration, open source search and visualisation technologies for scientific business applications, and specific software such as DesignTracker and Utopia Documents. Part four looks at semantic technologies such as Semantic MediaWiki, TripleMap and Chem2Bio2RDF, before part five examines clinical analytics, and validation and regulatory compliance of free/open source software. Finally, the book concludes by looking at future perspectives and the economics and free/open source software in industry.
Lee Harland is Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Connected Discovery, a pharmaceutical consulting company, based in the UK. Dr. Harland's experience spans data management, knowledge and information management, data mining, bio- and chemo- informatics and software development.

Dr. Mark Forster is Team Leader of the Chemical Indexing Unit at Syngenta Crop Protection, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781907568978
ISBN-10: 1907568972
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing
Publication Date: October 31st, 2012
Pages: 582
Language: English
Series: Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomedicine