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The 3rd DBCLS BioHackathon: improving life science data integration with Semantic Web technologies

Toshiaki Katayama*, Mark D Wilkinson, Gos Micklem, Shuichi Kawashima, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Mitsuteru Nakao, Yasunori Yamamoto, Shinobu Okamoto, Kenta Oouchida, Hong-Woo Chun, Jan Aerts, Hammad Afzal, Erick Antezana, Kazuharu Arakawa, Bruno Aranda, Francois Belleau, Jerven Bolleman, Raoul JP Bonnal, Brad Chapman, Peter JA Cock, Tore Eriksson, Paul MK Gordon, Naohisa Goto, Kazuhiro Hayashi, Heiko Horn, Ryosuke Ishiwata, Eli Kaminuma, Arek Kasprzyk, Hideya Kawaji, Nobuhiro Kido, Young Joo Kim, Akira R Kinjo, Fumikazu Konishi, Kyung-Hoon Kwon, Alberto Labarga, Anna-Lena Lamprecht, Yu Lin, Pierre Lindenbaum, Luke McCarthy, Hideyuki Morita, Katsuhiko Murakami, Koji Nagao, Kozo Nishida, Kunihiro Nishimura, Tatsuya Nishizawa, Soichi Ogishima, Keiichiro Ono, Kazuki Oshita, Keun-Joon Park, Pjotr Prins, Taro L Saito, Matthias Samwald, Venkata P Satagopam, Yasumasa Shigemoto, Richard Smith, Andrea Splendiani, Hideaki Sugawara, James Taylor, Rutger A Vos, David Withers, Chisato Yamasaki, Christian M Zmasek, Shoko Kawamoto, Kosaku Okubo, Kiyoshi Asai and Toshihisa Takagi

Author Affiliations

Database Center for Life Science, Research Organization of Information and Systems, 2-11-16, Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0032, Japan

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Journal of Biomedical Semantics 2013, 4:6  doi:10.1186/2041-1480-4-6

Published: 11 February 2013

Abstract

Background

BioHackathon 2010 was the third in a series of meetings hosted by the Database Center for Life Sciences (DBCLS) in Tokyo, Japan. The overall goal of the BioHackathon series is to improve the quality and accessibility of life science research data on the Web by bringing together representatives from public databases, analytical tool providers, and cyber-infrastructure researchers to jointly tackle important challenges in the area of in silico biological research.

Results

The theme of BioHackathon 2010 was the 'Semantic Web', and all attendees gathered with the shared goal of producing Semantic Web data from their respective resources, and/or consuming or interacting those data using their tools and interfaces. We discussed on topics including guidelines for designing semantic data and interoperability of resources. We consequently developed tools and clients for analysis and visualization.

Conclusion

We provide a meeting report from BioHackathon 2010, in which we describe the discussions, decisions, and breakthroughs made as we moved towards compliance with Semantic Web technologies - from source provider, through middleware, to the end-consumer.

Keywords:
BioHackathon; Open source; Software; Semantic Web; Databases; Data integration; Data visualization; Web services; Interfaces