Exploring heterogeneous biological databases: Tools and applications

  • Anthony S. Kosky
  • I -Min A. Chen
  • Victor M. Markowitz
  • Ernest Szeto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1377)

Abstract

We present a tool-based strategy for exploring heterogeneous biological databases in the context of the Object-Protocol Model (OPM). Our strategy involves tools for examining the semantics of biological databases; constructing and maintaining OPM views for biological databases; assembling biological databases into an OPM-based multidatabase system, while documenting database schemas and known links between databases; supporting multidatabase queries via uniform OPM interfaces; and assisting scientists in specifying and interpreting multidatabase queries. We describe these tools and discuss some of their scientific applications.

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© Springer-Verlag 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony S. Kosky
    • 1
  • I -Min A. Chen
    • 1
  • Victor M. Markowitz
    • 1
  • Ernest Szeto
    • 1
  1. 1.Bioinformatics Systems DivisionGene Logic Inc.Berkeley

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