those skills and collaborate with mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and others. This process of building community databases is well underway in many areas of biology, genomics being a prominent example, but the specialized databases developed by one research community may be unknown or inaccessible to researchers in other fields. Significant resources are needed to maintain, curate, and interconnect biological databases.
Attention should be devoted to ensuring that biological data sets are stored and curated to be accessible to the widest possible population of researchers. In many cases, this will require standardization. Providing opportunities for biologists to learn from other disciplines that routinely carry out theoretical research on diverse data sets should also be explicitly encouraged.