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


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing Ltd's new book "Open Source Software in Life Science Research: Practical solutions to common challenges in the pharmaceutical industry and beyond" to their offering.

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 situations and applications. Examples range from core infrastructure platforms such as the apache web-server, powerful document indexing and search tools such as Lucene, through to major user-orientated systems such as Mediawiki (which powers Wikipedia) and Drupal (which powers many diverse websites). 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.

Key Topics Covered:

Part 1 Laboratory data management and chemical informatics: Building research data handling systems with open source tools

- Interactive predictive toxicology with Bioclipse and OpenTox

- Utilizing open source software to facilitate communication of chemistry at RSC

- Open source software for mass spectrometry and metabolomics

- Open source software for image processing and analysis: Picture this with ImageJ

- Integrated data analysis with KNIME

- Investigation-Study-Assay, a toolkit for standardising data capture and sharing.

Part 2 Genomics and bioinformatics tools: GenomicTools: An open-source platform for developing high-throughput analytics in genomics: Creating an in-house omics' data portal using EBI Atlas software

- Setting up an omics' platform in a small biotech

- Squeezing big data into a small organisation.

Part 3 Information and knowledge management: Design Tracker: An easy to use and flexible hypothesis tracking system to aid project team working

- Free and open source software for web based collaboration

- Developing scientific business applications using open source search and visualisation technologies

- Utopia Documents: transforming how industrial scientists interact with the scientific literature.

Part 4 Semantic technologies: Semantic MediaWiki in applied life science and industry: Building an enterprise encyclopaedia

- Building disease and target knowledge with Semantic MediaWiki

- Chem2Bio2RDF: a semantic resource for systems chemical biology and drug discovery

- TripleMap: A web-based semantic knowledge discovery and collaboration application for biomedical research

Part 5 Clinical settings: Extreme scale clinical analytics with open source software

- Validation and regulatory compliance of free/open source software.

Part 6 Perspective: The economics of free/open source software in industry.

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Source: Woodhead Publishing Ltd

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Sector: Bioinformatics

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