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September 28, 2012
EMBL Chemical Biology: The ChEMBL Database
John Overington from the EMBL is talking about the ChEMBL database, which is an impressive collection. One thing that I appreciate is that he's being upfront about the error rates in the data. He takes the reports of trouble seriously, but feels (overall) that considering the amount of data they have, and the amount of annotation associated with it, that they've done well.
There are an awful lot of ways that you can work the numbers from their web site, which is both good and bad. If you know what you're doing, you can get some very interesting and potentially useful results, but if you don't, you can mislead yourself more quickly and thoroughly than you ever could by hand. That's common to all powerful tools, naturally.
My talk is right after the next speaker, so I won't be posting for a bit. And no, I will not be writing a critique of my own talk while I'm giving it; that would be a Blog Singularity of some sort.
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