# Four short links: 14 June 2010

## Open Data, Open PCR, Open Sara Winge, and Open Source Big Graph Mining

1. Learning from Libraries: the Literacy Challenge of Open Data (David Eaves) — a powerful continuation of the theme from my Rethinking Open Data post. David observes that dumping data over the fence isn’t enough, we must help citizens engage. We have a model for that help, in the form of libraries: We didn’t build libraries for an already literate citizenry. We built libraries to help citizens become literate. Today we build open data portals not because we have a data or public policy literate citizenry, we build them so that citizens may become literate in data, visualization, coding and public policy.
2. OpenPCR on KickstarterIn 1983, Kary Mullis first developed PCR, for which he later received a Nobel Prize. But the tool is still expensive, even though the technology is almost 30 years old. If computing grew at the same pace, we would all still be paying $2,000+ for a 1 MHz Apple II computer. Innovation in biotech needs a kick start! 3. Wingeing It — profile of O’Reilly’s wonderful Sara Winge by the ever fabulous Quinn Norton. 4. PEGASUS — petascale graph mining toolkit from CMU. See their most recent publication. (via univerself on Delicious) • Alex Tolley If OpenPCR is as good an idea and as achievable as claimed, why doesn’t O’Reilly group write the remaining$3500 to get this product started? That sum is so small that it would pay for itself in extra sales of one issue of Maker magazine.

• Sam Donaldson

OpenPCR could be one of the most profound projects on Kickstarter to date. Unlocking biology to makers and other innovators will in the long term have a far greater impact on humanity than Web 2.0 and even the web itself.