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Brief Bioinform. 2009 May;10(3):295-6. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbn053. Epub 2008 Dec 6.

A pitfall of wiki solution for biological databases.

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  • 1Department of Computational Biology, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwanoha 5-1-5 GSFS CB05, 277-8561 Kashiwa, Japan. arita@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp


Not a few biologists tend to consider wiki as a solution to manage and reorganize data by a community. However, in its basic functionality, wiki lacks a measure to check data consistency and is not suitable for a database. To circumvent this pitfall, installation of page dependency through in-line page searches is necessary. We also introduce two existing approaches that support in-line queries.

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