Thanks so much for your feedback! I think you're totally right, in that:
a- we missed explicitly stating language as a property, and
b- many tools that work towards this platform already happen to exist
To address (at least my understanding of) your concerns and how they fit into what we were discussing and proposing, I want to clarify each of these points.
explicitly stating language as a property
Though we didn't explicitly state language, and I agree we should have, I don't think that it flew under the radar in terms of things we were considering. Rather, each of the 4 technical components we propose - Data, Infrastructure, Apps, and Algorithms - are quite different from one another, and should be responsible for defining and unifying their own language, and propagating that forward through Education. For instance, many data-collectors working in electron microscopy don't need to be involved in designing the terminology regarding computational infrastructure, though once it is finalized that lexicon should certainly be shared. It would've been more clear to state this directly in the manuscript, but hopefully this amendment will help.
many tools solving these problems already exist
Agreed - and we count on that! I don't think we propose re-inventing the wheel, or even the development of any new "backbone" or core functionality, as there are more than enough tools to cover the features this type of a platform would need. Where these tools may currently fall short is from the perspective of unification - linking/interoperability through common APIs or portal design limits the ability that all of these tools can be brought together in their current state. Development is at least 90% of the way there when we look at off-the-shelf tools in the space, but it's that last 10% of development that would be required for such a unified platform or ecosystem to powerfully leverage all of these independent pieces in a way that appears seamless to users.
Hopefully this addresses your concerns, at least somewhat, but please let me know if that is not the case and I'd very happily chat about it more.
P.s. the webinar series sounds amazing, looking forward to it.