Little Data Sets

(To the tune of “Little Boxes”, Malvina Reynolds, 1962.)

Little data sets on the desktop
Little data sets filled with data files
Little data sets on the desktop
Little data sets all the same

Labeled green ones, labeled pink ones
Labeled blue ones, labeled yellow ones
And they’re all filled up with data files
And they all look just the same

And the proteins in the sequence all line up in their cluster groups
And they all result in data, all the data all the same
And there’s scientists and computer folk
And bioinformaticists
And they’re all cranking out the data and it all looks just the same

And they all work at their bench tops and they work in computer labs
And they all make great discoveries, great discoveries all the same
There’s mutations, annotations
And gene characterization
And it all creates more data and it all looks just the same

So librarians go to summer camp and back to the universities
Where they’re sent out for the data, all the data all the same
And they work with all the scientists
And then with computer folk
And they organize all the data sets so they’re not all just the same

And the scientists in their lab coats sing praise to the great librarians
Who gathered all their data, all their data all the same
Now expressions, interactions,
Now structures and analyses
All the data in neat data sets where they’re all shared just the same

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