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Data Integration in the Life Sciences

Volume 5647 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 47-54

OpenFlyData: The Way to Go for Biological Data Integration

  • Jun ZhaoAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Zoology, University of Oxford
  • , Alistair MilesAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Zoology, University of Oxford
  • , Graham KlyneAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Zoology, University of Oxford
  • , David ShottonAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Zoology, University of Oxford

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Abstract

Although many applications have attempted to provide integrative access to distributed datasets, domain scientists largely continue to harvest research data in a conventional way, by consulting each resource independently, because such applications do not fully meet users’ needs. This paper describes OpenFlyData ( http://openflydata.org/ ), a simple user-led service providing Drosophila researchers with integrated access to distributed information. This is an exemplar lightweight solution to the problems of data integration, in which accurate and explicit data modelling enables high precision information retrieval.

Keywords

data integration user-led life science semantic web