CHAPTER 13

Compared Evaluation of Scientific Data Management Systems

Zoé Lacroix and Terence Critchlow

The variety of biological information systems currently available raises the inevitable question: Which system best meets my needs? To decide which system to choose, or if a custom system is required, a detailed analysis of user needs should be performed. Carefully performing this analysis will identify the best options and clarify the buy-or-build decision.

This chapter outlines several techniques and metrics that can be considered when performing an evaluation. Section 13.1 begins this discussion by defining evaluation techniques. Section 13.2 presents a set of evaluation criteria in detail and describes how they may be applied. Finally, ...

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