BioMart Central Portal: an open database network for the biological community

Jonathan M Guberman, J Ai, O Arnaiz, Joachim Baran, Andrew Blake, Richard Baldock, Claude Chelala, David Croft, Anthony Cros, Rosalind J Cutts, A Di Génova, Simon Forbes, T Fujisawa, E Gadaleta, D M Goodstein, Gunes Gundem, Bernard Haggarty, Syed Haider, Matthew Hall, Todd HarrisRobin Haw, S Hu, Simon Hubbard, Jack Hsu, Vivek Iyer, Philip Jones, Toshiaki Katayama, R Kinsella, Lei Kong, Daniel Lawson, Yong Liang, Nuria Lopez-Bigas, J Luo, Michael Lush, Jeremy Mason, Francois Moreews, Nelson Ndegwa, Darren Oakley, Christian Perez-Llamas, Michael Primig, Elena Rivkin, S Rosanoff, Rebecca Shepherd, Reinhard Simon, B Skarnes, Damian Smedley, Linda Sperling, William Spooner, Peter Stevenson, Kevin Stone, J Teague, Jun Wang, Jianxin Wang, Brett Whitty, D T Wong, Marie Wong-Erasmus, L Yao, Ken Youens-Clark, Christina Yung, Junjun Zhang, Arek Kasprzyk

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BioMart Central Portal is a first of its kind, community-driven effort to provide unified access to dozens of biological databases spanning genomics, proteomics, model organisms, cancer data, ontology information and more. Anybody can contribute an independently maintained resource to the Central Portal, allowing it to be exposed to and shared with the research community, and linking it with the other resources in the portal. Users can take advantage of the common interface to quickly utilize different sources without learning a new system for each. The system also simplifies cross-database searches that might otherwise require several complicated steps. Several integrated tools streamline common tasks, such as converting between ID formats and retrieving sequences. The combination of a wide variety of databases, an easy-to-use interface, robust programmatic access and the array of tools make Central Portal a one-stop shop for biological data querying. Here, we describe the structure of Central Portal and show example queries to demonstrate its capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)bar041
JournalDatabase: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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