Steve A. Chervitz
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 20:54:40 -0700 (PDT)
Did everyone see the recent article about MakeMaker in the latest TPJ
(issue #7, Fall 1997)? It could prove helpful as we prepare to distribute
Bio::PreSeq and Bio::UnivAln. Shall we set a target date for distribution?
A new OMG domain special interest group (DSIG) has been established for
The OMG is a non-profit consortium of numerous biotech comanies and
university groups, so the standards they adopt could have wide-ranging
impact on the future development and operation of bioinformatics
The goal of this new DSIG is to improve communication and
interoperability among object-oriented computational resources in life
sciences research by establishing widely available interface
specifications. The OMG promotes CORBA/IIOP as the key technology for
achieving this goal. They have issued an RFI for information on
architectures, interoperability, object and data models, interfaces,
existing systems, standards, legal issues, and their priorities.
I think our collective experience in designing Perl bio-objects would be
of value to this effort. Perhaps we can respond to the RFI as a group?
The deadline for response to the RFI is 10 Nov 1997.
Our response could include:
* Key bio-objects we have implemented or plan to implement
* Basic object functionality and relationships among objects
* Pointers to POD documentation for relevant Perl modules
* Contact information and web sites we've developed
What do people think?