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Issue No.03 - March (2005 vol.38)
pp: 26-31
Hong Tina Gao , University of Kentucky
Jane Huffman Hayes , University of Kentucky
Henry Cai , Big Lots
At present, compatibility problems prevent researchers from cooperating in using bioinformatics to solve important biological problems. Web services might be a way to solve this integration problem. Web technology provides a higher layer of abstraction that hides implementation details from applications so that each organization can concentrate on its own competence and still leverage the services other research groups provide.<p>To test the potential of a Web services solution, the authors implemented a microarray data mining system that uses Web services in drug discovery--a research process that attempts to identify new avenues for developing therapeutic drugs. Although their implementation focuses on a problem within the life sciences, they strongly believe that Web services could be a boon to any research field that requires analyzing and mining large volumes of data.</p>
Web services, bioinformatics, data and application integration, standardization, RPC mechanism
Hong Tina Gao, Jane Huffman Hayes, Henry Cai, "Integrating Biological Research through Web Services", Computer, vol.38, no. 3, pp. 26-31, March 2005, doi:10.1109/MC.2005.97
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