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Large Scale Technologies and Resources

Town, Christopher [1], Haase, Dirk [2], Wu, Hank [3], Cheung, Foo [3], Childs, Kevin [3], Zhuang, Jun [3], Avraham, Shuly [4], Schiltz, Gary [5], Montoya, Mary [5], Montoya, Lonny [5], May, Greg [5], Stein, Lincoln [4], Schoof, Heiko [2], Gessler, Damian [5].

Web Services for Plant Data Integration.

Exploiting the full potential of plant genomic data is currently hindered by both limitations of availability and the lack of integration. Web services provide a mechanism whereby data residing at different locations can be integrated at the machine level. Unlike web pages that are idiosyncratic in their layout and content and must be visited by a researcher one at a time, web services provide data in well structured and agreed formats, allow for automated discovery, and can be connected to provide rich data integration. In addition, both the web services themselves and their data can be “tagged” by associating them with community-accepted ontological standards, thereby creating a semantic web services model as exemplified by SSWAP (Simple Semantic Web Architecture and Protocol: http://sswap.info). We are exploring both the BioMoby and semantic web service models. Our BioMoby approach is focused on Arabidopsis thaliana and aims to facilitate the deployment of web services from 16 data providers (eight each in Germany and in the USA) that vary both in the kinds of data that they host, and in the level of expertise at the sites. Our goal in the semantic web services approach is to provide a general semantic web protocol for data and service providers (such as Gramene, LIS and TIGR), covering data from rice, maize, Medicago and other species. Users can find and invoke services at sswap.info. In each project, these efforts have included both workshops and the development of web-based instructional material (http://bioinfo.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/araws; http://vpin.ncgr.org). Some examples of applications and tools developed by these projects will be highlighted and mechanisms to encourage a more widespread use of web services will be discussed. Supported by the NSF and DFG

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Arabidopsis Web Services
Virtual Plant Information Network
SSWAP (Simple Semantic Web Architecture and Protocol)

1 - The Institute for Genomic Research, Plant Genomics, A Division of the J. Craig Venter Institute, 9712 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850, USA
2 - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany, Bioinformatics
3 - The Institute for Genomic Research, A Division of the J.C. Venter Inst, Plant Genomics
4 - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
5 - National Center for Genome Resources

web services
semantic web
data integration
Arabidopsis thaliana

Presentation Type: Plant Biology Abstract
Session: P
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: P42004
Abstract ID:447

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