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Database (Oxford). 2011 Sep 19;2011:bar038. doi: 10.1093/database/bar038. Print 2011.

BioMart: a data federation framework for large collaborative projects.

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Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Informatics and Biocomputing, Ontario M5G 0A3, Canada.

Abstract

BioMart is a freely available, open source, federated database system that provides a unified access to disparate, geographically distributed data sources. It is designed to be data agnostic and platform independent, such that existing databases can easily be incorporated into the BioMart framework. BioMart allows databases hosted on different servers to be presented seamlessly to users, facilitating collaborative projects between different research groups. BioMart contains several levels of query optimization to efficiently manage large data sets and offers a diverse selection of graphical user interfaces and application programming interfaces to ensure that queries can be performed in whatever manner is most convenient for the user. The software has now been adopted by a large number of different biological databases spanning a wide range of data types and providing a rich source of annotation available to bioinformaticians and biologists alike.

PMID:
21930506
PMCID:
PMC3175789
DOI:
10.1093/database/bar038
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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