At the Workshop on Grid Computing Portals and Science Gateways, Marlon Pierce talked about “Web 2.0 for e-Science.” Marlon’s talk was a shotgun blast of compelling information. He talked about micro-programming versus macro-programming, mashups (read more at The Programmable Web), web services, and how computational science can harness the Web 2.0. The big point was that scientific web applications (for instance, GenBank) are the perfect building blocks for scientific mashups. Marlon asserts that most scientific workflows can be implemented with a web mashup, composed of smaller web gadgets and web services. Other errata from Marlon included The Gartner 2006 Hype Cycle. (See the image below).
Later in the day, the exhibition gala was crowded fun. . .