...or is it really the pools.
When we were kids we loved to go to the pool. But when we got there, it really wasn't a pool. There was a baby pool, a junior pool, a lap pool, a shallow pool, a deep pool, a diving tank. They were separated. Some of the water sloshed from one to the other, but they were built separately and cabbaged into a complex as the Boomer population grew.
Today we have scientists claiming to share data, but they're not building a pool. Much like our swimming pool, they are adding different pools to serve different purposes. Sure, they all contain data and some slosh around, but it's not a pool. They people using the junior pool are not able to swim into the deep pool.
From the recent "Ask the Experts" session at the ALS Symposium in Orlando, there is a question at around 1:35 about two of the databases in our growing complex of pools...
The answers weren't very good. The projects are "different." "Registry" is a bad word (no kidding). They can work together. Right. Show us exactly how the expensive CDC ALS Registry can work with the NIH CReATe Registry.
We need a pool for smart ALS intelligence. We don't need a complex of segregated and redundant and expensive pools that serve independent needs.
Calling the place we went in the summer "the pool" didn't mean that it was really a pool.