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Hybrid Integration of Molecular-biological Annotation Data

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Kirsten, T.; Körner, C.; Do, H.H.; Rahm, E.
Hybrid Integration of Molecular-biological Annotation Data
Proc. 2nd International Workshop on Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS), Springer LNCS 3615, 2005

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We present a new approach to integrate annotation data from public sources for the expression analysis of genes and proteins. Expression data is materialized in a data warehouse supporting high performance for data-intensive analysis tasks. On the other hand, annotation data is integrated virtually according to analysis needs. Our virtual integration utilizes the commercial product SRS (Sequence Retrieval System) of LION bioscience. To couple the data warehouse and SRS, we implemented a query mediator exploiting correspondences between molecular-biological objects explicitly captured from public data sources. This hybrid integration approach has been implemented for a large gene expression warehouse and supports functional analysis using annotation data from GeneOntology, Locuslink and Ensembl. The paper motivates the chosen approach, details the integration concept and implementation, and provides results of preliminary performance tests.

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