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Name of Collaboratory :

 

BioCatalogue

 
 

URL :

  http://www.biocatalogue.org/  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Operational   Start Date : 2008 End Date : Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 3 2010 12:00am PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

   
 

Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biological Sciences, General  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

The BioCatalogue provides a universal catalogue of Web Services for the Life Sciences. Launched in June 2009 and hosted at the EMBL-EBI, it allows registration of services that are specific to the Life Sciences (such as those for protein sequence or molecular structures) as well as more generic services that are of direct utility in this domain (e.g. text mining and image analysis). The catalogue does not host these services itself; instead it provides a mechanism to discover services and annotate them. The BioCatalogue has five key properties:

1. It provides a single up-to-date port-of-call for finding Life Science Web Services, regardless of their technology or provenance. As well as allowing new registration of services manually and via its own Web Service interface, it aggregates contributions from other registries.
2. It offers a long-term sustained resource for service descriptions that is also a safe haven for securing the contents of registries beyond their originating projects.
3. It adds uniform and rich annotations to the services that harmonize their descriptions regardless of source or type. The annotations explain what the service does and how to use it. The descriptions draw upon existing and emerging work in the Semantic Web Services [e.g. Semantic Annotation for WSDL (SAWSDL) and Semantic Annotation for REpresentational State Transfer (SA-REST)]. Annotations from the EMBRACE and Feta registries have been contributed to the catalogue. Content is monitored by a full-time curator assisted by the registered members.
4. It provides a rich range of facilities, adopting the best components of other registries where available, e.g. the EMBRACE service monitoring framework and endpoint validation software, and the use of seekda for service scavenging.
5. It addresses the combined needs of service providers, users, annotators and developers alike, enabling the catalogue's content to be readily extended, curated and used by the community.

Currently, the BioCatalogue has over 300 registered members. It describes 1627 Web Services (1585 SOAP services, and 42 REST services) from over 158 different providers from 25 countries. All the services of the major data centres (EMBL-EBI, DDBJ and NCBI) are present.

 
 

Access to Instruments :

   
 

Access to Information Resources :

  All of its Web services are freely available through their Website. The BioCatalogue website is freely accessible to the world as it is searchable and indexable to search engines.  
 

Access to People as Resources :

   
 

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
   European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
4
University of Manchester
5
 
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS:
9
 

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
BioCatalogue also has an advisory board of 11 members. Currently, the BioCatalogue has over 300 registered members. It describes 1627 Web Services (1585 SOAP services, and 42 REST services) from over 158 different providers from 25 countries. All the services of the major data centres (EMBL-EBI, DDBJ and NCBI) are present.

The following projects/collaboratories and consortia are actively collaborating with the BioCatalogue project: EU EMBRACE network, myExperiment, OMII-UK (http://www.omii.ac.uk) and SIGENAE, myGrid, BioMOBY Central, EU BioSapiens network, NBIC, and SeekDa.

The BioCatalogue has a focus group that is composed of a key set of individuals from the user community, who provide guidelines, usage feedback and requirements that may arise from the user community. An area the group is actively focused on is the annotation and curation of web services in the BioCatalogue. By choosing these individuals the Website states that they "recognize the value of the community in achieving the goal of the BioCatalogue, a curated catalogue of Life Science Web Service."

   
     
 
 

Communications Technology Used :

  Mailing lists.  
 

Technical Capabilities :

   
  Key Articles :    
 

Project-reported performance data :

  Currently, the BioCatalogue has over 300 registered members. It describes 1627 Web Services (1585 SOAP services, and 42 REST services) from over 158 different providers from 25 countries. All the services of the major data centres (EMBL-EBI, DDBJ and NCBI) are present.  
 
         
    
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