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Practical Innovation at BioCon 2003


Life Science Identifiers
Philip Werner, AVAKI
Sean Martin, IBM

Track: I3C
Date: Thursday, February 06
Time: 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Location: Plaza

Werner and Martin examine the Life Sciences Identifier (LSID), an I3C specification in progress with an initial working implementation that provides for scalable, secure, and migration-transparent naming of biologically significant data. LSID introduces a straightforward approach to identifying data resources stored in multiple, distributed data stores in a manner that overcomes the limitations of naming schemes in use today. Almost every public, internal, or department-level datastore today has its own way of naming individual data resources, making integration between different data sources a tedious, never-ending chore for informatics developers and researchers. By defining a simple, common way to identify and access biologically significant data, whether that data is stored in files, relational databases, in applications, or in internal or public data sources, LSID provides a standard underpinning for wide-area science. Their talk also includes a demonstration of working implementations of LSID.

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