Figma for Science
There might be a big startup opportunity with porting old, widely used scientific tools to the web with Figma-like realtime annotation and rendering capabilities.
Scientific tooling is old but collaboration's more important than ever.
Realtime thinking is important. Beautiful rendering is important.
There might be a common toolkit that builds figma-like tools and can be turned bespoke for particular domains. Widgets for different kinds of data displays and manipulation. Jupyter/Julia notebook style.
I’m especially interested in cell stains/histology/pathology because microscopy is gorgeous to look at, and seems underexplored.
"Experiment tracking" is a common theme
What if open science framework caught up with the times?
Local-only systems (figma-izable)
Bioformats - interop https://docs.openmicroscopy.org/bio-formats/6.8.1/about/index.html
ImageTwin (duplicate recognition) https://imagetwin.ai
- https://www.flowjo.com/solutions/flowjo ($2000, on a dongle!)
The problem with microscopy is that file sizes are huge. Pathology/Histology is more tractable.
Huge list here https://blog.addgene.org/free-online-molecular-biology-tools
- R plugin
Great overview: https://email@example.com/may-7th-13th-8ab68cbc9e7b
- Open Vector Editor (https://github.com/TeselaGen/ove-electron)
- SeqViz (just a viewer) https://github.com/Lattice-Automation/seqviz
- "Blender for Biochemists"
In general, many domain specific tools are MATLAB plugins.
RCSB's PDB "view"s are crucial
Because all rendering of high-bit depth #bioimage data is done via #WebGL shaders directly in the browser, Viv applies data transformations without lag. Magic lenses that perform local transformations are smooth and changes to the color mapping update as sliders are moved. pic.twitter.com/7AFD5cWObX— Nils Gehlenborg (@ngehlenborg) August 13, 2020
Open source ethics
Data should be easy to sync to a repo in a common format
Really what's being provisioned is the collaboration tool and hosting. Reasonable to charge a price that would otherwise require on prem and manual setup (and social features/external sharing!)