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Software Tree



The Software Tree organizes programs and documents into an information infrastructure. By opening the branches of this tree to the forth level, GO buttons appear. When clicked, they run the selected programs. An information infrastructure serves several functions. It simplifies complexity, offers access to published data in digital form, integrates data, finds patterns, provides a quantitative foundation for biology, and actively supports discovery and innovation. In short, itís a productivity machine for the biology enterprise.

Letís look at an example of the infrastructure at work. Throughout the biology enterprise, everything ultimately depends on a single factor Ė the quality of our data. By simplifying complexity, an information infrastructure routinely improves the quality of research data by removing unnecessary baggage.

Recall that most data in biology come in two parts, a number and a unit. When a change occurs, both the number and the unit can change. Therefore, both represent variables. This can be a difficult concept to grasp because it presents a paradox.  To wit, two units - control and experimental - can be the same and different at the same time. Although the dimensions of a unit will always remain constant, whatís inside the unit can change. Such is the nature of units operating inside a complex biological system, as readily demonstrated with stereological data.  Units tend to be troublemakers because much of the methodological bias and animal variation exist therein. By removing units to form proportions and connections, an information infrastructure improves both the quality and the effectiveness of our data. Engineering solutions, for example, can operate smoothly with proportions and connections, but not often with concentrations and amounts.


Product features:

  • A Software Tree containing roughly 40 programs that make up the infrastructure.
  • Brief descriptions of the programs.