[Bioperl-l] BOF

J.W. Bizzaro jeff@bioinformatics.org
Tue, 15 Aug 2000 14:05:09 +0000

Hilmar Lapp wrote:
> I dare to comment even though I won't attend the Thursday evening event
> :)
> Yes, I agree. Has anyone of you seen e.g. the Khoros workspace for image
> and data analysis? For those who haven't, Khoros (www.khoral.com) is a
> package of a whole bunch of modules (libraries) and programs for various
> tasks in image (and, more general, data matrix) analysis. The nice thing
> is the visual programming workspace that is included, which allows you to
> visually place 'modules' (actually programs) on a GUI canvas and
> interconnect their in/outputs, along with setting arguments (via a GUI!).
> This way, even someone without programming knowledge can quickly get away
> with applying a set of operators to an image, and visualizing the result.
> Those skilled in the art can quickly try out new algorithms.
> I guess (I even know) that there are other visual programming tools
> implementing such a concept, too. But I'm not aware of such a tool in
> Bioinformatics, or sequence analysis, to be more precisely, which may due
> to the fact that I haven't really looked for one. I seem to recall that I
> once saw a generic tool that could do the job here, but I don't know
> where. Has anyone seen such a beast, or does anyone else think it would
> be useful?

You have described Pied/Piper to the tee!


It was previously called "Loci" and "Tulip", and you may have heard mention of
it under one of those names.

The system is more generic than anything else that can be compared to it
(Khoros), but half of the developers are bioinformaticists.

We (Brad Chapman and I) will be presenting Piper at BOSC (talk and poster) and
ISMB (poster).  I hope to see everyone there :-)

J.W. Bizzaro                                           jeff@bioinformatics.org
Director, Bioinformatics.org: The Open Lab     http://bioinformatics.org/~jeff
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