Tuesday, June 06, 2006


YeastHub is an interesting example of data integration in bioinformatics using RDF and a triple store. See Cheung et al. for details (doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bti1026). To quote from the abstract:
As the semantic web technology is maturing and the need for life sciences data integration over the web is growing, it is important to explore how data integration needs can be addressed by the semantic web. The main problem that we face in data integration is a lack of widely-accepted standards for expressing the syntax and semantics of the data. We address this problem by exploring the use of semantic web technologies—including resource description framework (RDF), RDF site summary (RSS), relational-database-to-RDF mapping (D2RQ) and native RDF data repository—to represent, store and query both metadata and data across life sciences datasets.

Pity the actual site seems broken...


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