In this entry, I invited Sean to discuss how the app works. The work on ODDT demonstrates the importance of the Pistoia Alliance’s newappification strategy, which aims to make informatics tools accessible to scientists and the broader community interested in using mobile devices to conduct and communicate about science.
One of the great things about mobile apps is that they are low-profile, easy-to-adopt tools that theoretically could remove traditional barriers between information sources.
In my last entry, I posited that technology should NOT be a barrier to “appifying” R&D workflows. So why haven’t apps taken off so far in R&D? I’d argue that it comes down to the paradigm shift that mobile technology has created in computing.
The computing transformation being effected by mobile computing may not be one we fully appreciate while burying our heads and thumbs in the latest cool app or game.