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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:1415-24. eCollection 2013.

Apollo: giving application developers a single point of access to public health models using structured vocabularies and Web services.

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Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA;
Division of Biomedical Informatics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.


This paper describes the Apollo Web Services and Apollo-SV, its related ontology. The Apollo Web Services give an end-user application a single point of access to multiple epidemic simulators. An end user can specify an analytic problem-which we define as a configuration and a query of results-exactly once and submit it to multiple epidemic simulators. The end user represents the analytic problem using a standard syntax and vocabulary, not the native languages of the simulators. We have demonstrated the feasibility of this design by implementing a set of Apollo services that provide access to two epidemic simulators and two visualizer services.

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