Issue No. 03 - March (2005 vol. 38)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2005.97
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
H. Cai, J. H. Hayes and H. T. Gao, "Integrating Biological Research through Web Services," in Computer, vol. 38, no. , pp. 26-31, 2005.