Title: Implementing bioinformatic workflows within the BioExtract Server

Authors: Carol M. Lushbough, Michael K. Bergman, Carolyn J. Lawrence, Doug Jennewein, Volker Brendel

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA. ' VisualMetrics Corp. 380 Knowling Dr. Coralville, IA 52241, USA. ' Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA. ' Department of Computer Science, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA. ' Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and Department of Statistics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA

Abstract: Computational workflows in bioinformatics are becoming increasingly important in the achievement of scientific advances. These workflows typically require the integrated use of multiple, distributed data sources and analytic tools. The BioExtract Server (http://bioextract.org) is a distributed service designed to provide researchers with the web ability to query multiple data sources, save results as searchable data sets, and execute analytic tools. As the researcher works with the system, their tasks are saved in the background. At any time these steps can be saved as a workflow that can then be executed again and/or modified later.

Keywords: bioinformatics; genome databases; protein databases; database integration; distributed architectures; heterogeneous databases; bioinformatic workflows; computational biology; internet.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCBDD.2008.021430

International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design, 2008 Vol.1 No.3, pp.302 - 312

Available online: 26 Nov 2008

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