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Nucleic Acids Res. 2010 Jul;38(Web Server issue):W706-11. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq386. Epub 2010 May 14.

TogoWS: integrated SOAP and REST APIs for interoperable bioinformatics Web services.

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Human Genome Center, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Shirokane-dai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8639, Japan. ktym@hgc.jp

Abstract

Web services have become widely used in bioinformatics analysis, but there exist incompatibilities in interfaces and data types, which prevent users from making full use of a combination of these services. Therefore, we have developed the TogoWS service to provide an integrated interface with advanced features. In the TogoWS REST (REpresentative State Transfer) API (application programming interface), we introduce a unified access method for major database resources through intuitive URIs that can be used to search, retrieve, parse and convert the database entries. The TogoWS SOAP API resolves compatibility issues found on the server and client-side SOAP implementations. The TogoWS service is freely available at: http://togows.dbcls.jp/.

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20472643
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PMC2896079
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10.1093/nar/gkq386
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