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Bioinformatics. 2002 Feb;18(2):368-73.

The EBI SRS server--recent developments.

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  • 1EMBL Outstation, The European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire CB10 1SD, UK. Evugeni.Zdobnov@EBI.ac.uk



The current data explosion is intractable without advanced data management systems. The numerous data sets become really useful when they are interconnected under a uniform interface--representing the domain knowledge. The SRS has become an integration system for both data retrieval and applications for data analysis. It provides capabilities to search multiple databases by shared attributes and to query across databases fast and efficiently.


Here we present recent developments at the EBI SRS server (http://srs.ebi.ac.uk). The EBI SRS server contains today more than 130 biological databases and integrates more than 10 applications. It is a central resource for molecular biology data as well as a reference server for the latest developments in data integration. One of the latest additions to the EBI SRS server is the InterPro database-Integrated Resource of Protein Domains and Functional Sites. Distributed in XML format it became a turning point in low level XML-SRS integration. We present InterProScan as an example of data analysis applications, describe some advanced features of SRS6, and introduce the SRSQuickSearch JavaScript interfaces to SRS.

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