Friday, September 11, 2009

Guildford to London via Cambridge

This has been a bit of a busy week. On Monday I went to the British Science Festival in Guildford, where Neasan O'Neill from EGEE and GridPP organised a session on grids, including a talk by Domenico Vicinanza who's recreating the sounds of long lost instruments (read the iSGTW article - The Lost Sounds Orchestra for more info)

On Tuesday and Wednesday it was over to Cambridge for the GridPP collaboration meeting, and today and yesterday I've been immersed in the world of bioinformatics at a conference organised by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the U.K. National Cancer Research Institute Informatics Initiative.

Entitled 'Biomedical Informatics without Borders: From Collaboration to Implementation' it's been an interesting two days. The talks have been lively and engaging, discussing issues such as how to semantically search and store data through to the importance of communicating the success of health IT in systems such as the NHS, which seems to get an unfairly bad press.

I took some time out yesterday to talk to Ken Buetow from caBIG and the US National Cancer Institute as well as Martin Hofmann-Apitius from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Short quotes from both of them are soon to appear in GridTalk's upcoming GridBriefing on eHealth but I'll post longer versions of what they said up on GridCast a bit later today.

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