PhillyDB: To DB or not to DB? That is the Question

Submitted by admin on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 14:42

The role of flat file data formats in genomics and other science domains.

"You have a data management problem and you decide to use a database. Now you have two problems."

Seriously though, adding a service layer to an application that needs to store and crunch a stream of structured data would be overly complicated and most of the time unnecessary. This is the reason that most scientific algorithms, which one would assume would benefit greatly from databases, don't actually use a database service. More often than not, they invent their own file formats to complete the task at hand. In this short talk, we'll look at a few trends in file formats that happened in genomics, look at the motivations of each, and try to come out a saner person because of it.

The talk will be presented by:

Angel Pizarro
Director, Joint Informatics Group
Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
Penn Genome Frontiers Institute

Additionally, we've got a couple of lightning talks lined up. If you can add one, we'd love to hear it!

This is a participating event in:

Philly Tech Week

Big Data Week

This event is being hosted by our friends at NextFab Studio - Philly's largest and most capable maker space. Come by early (or hang out afterwards) for a tour of the facility/equipment, and to find out how you can get in on the coolest place in town!

April 23 · 6:30 PM - NextFab Studio

Register at the PhillyDB site