!!! ACeDB will be phased out of BIRCH in a future version.!!!
The ACeDB code has not been maintained in several years, and we have not been successful recompiling the binaries using modern libraries. We are currently considering several options for a light-weight database with an easy-to-use GUI, for future inclusion in BIRCH.
The main strength of ACEDB is that it provides a
systematic method for encoding the knowledge
of people in
the lab into a data structure. In essence, the database can be built
a model of your experimental system. An
database can serve as a clearing house for information, useable by all
in your lab. More importantly, the richer the shema, the more complex
knowledge that can be encoded. As people cycle through the lab, the
of those who have left, if encoded into the database, can benefit those
have just arrived. Over time, the data structure becomes richer and
useful. Finally, databases are to knowledge as
is to energy. We put a lot of effort into obtaining data. A well
database can make sure that that data remains accessible and
for many years.
For an introduction to using ACeDB I recommend
A quick guide to ACeDB for Users (Sanger Centre)For quick hints on some common database operations:
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