NIF: A vision for a uniform resource layer

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NIF: A vision for a uniform resource layer

  1. 1. The UniformResourceLayerhttp://neuinfo.orgAnita Bandrowskiabandrowski@ucsd.eduNeuroscience InformationFramework
  2. 2. Resource?http://neuinfo.org…websites that have significant value to the greater neurosciencecommunity, including biomedical resources. For the most part, these arelimited to not-for-profit. It shall be considered an individual resource if it ismaintained by a single entity, and has the properties of one or moreindividual web pages that are related by a theme and HTML links. Mostoften the individual pages share portions of the URL, however, unrelatedURLs may be incorporated into a single web resource. In the event that asubgroup of pages represents a sufficient shift in theme, it should beclassified as an independent resource. For example, the department ofneuroscience of a university (resource 1) may have a lab led by aresearcher (resource 2).Website/web tool produced by or useful to, abiomedical researcher
  3. 3. How Can We Find Resources? “I would like funding to createan RNAi database becauseone does not exist.” –biomedical researcher But…http://neuinfo.orgThere must be aplace whereresearchers can goto find resourcesbefore they createthem again!
  4. 4. How Can We Find Resources?http://neuinfo.orgDatabase (2200)Software tool (900)Biobanks (550)Services (100)
  5. 5. Access to Biomedical ResourcesMust Be Uniform!http://neuinfo.org
  6. 6. Each resource implementsa different, though relatedmodel; systems arecomplex and difficult tolearn, in many casesAccess to Biomedical ResourcesMust Be Uniform!http://neuinfo.org
  7. 7. Need a Common Platform forAccess to Biological Datahttp://neuinfo.org
  8. 8. Need a Common Platform forAccess to Biological Data Not just RDF! Not just XML! Nosql! –no Data, to a biologist is something that can beunderstood. “…according to Bonda (2000) the Amygdaloidnucleus is connected to Field CA1 in the young adultmonkey, subjected to the following conditions...”http://neuinfo.org
  9. 9. Are We There Yet? Of 2200 databases that NIF has in the Registry, wehave only deeply registered 200 Of the 800 software tools, <100 have deep metadataand user communities Not yet, but some things can help If you have a tool / data please register at http://neuinfo.org/cindy.php If you have a choice, use open formats If you have a choice, use common vocabularies If you can, in papers and databases, use identifiershttp://neuinfo.org
  10. 10. Diseases of nervous systemNeurodegenerativeSeizuredisordersNeoplasticdiseaseofnervoussystemNIHReporterNIFdatafederatedsourceshttp://neuinfo.org

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