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Federated access to heterogeneous information resources in the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF)

Gupta, Amarnath and Bug, William and Marenco, Luis and Qian, Xufei and Condit, Christopher and Rangarajan, Arun and Müller, Hans Michael and Miller, Perry L. and Sanders, Brian and Grethe, Jeffrey S. and Astakhov, Vadim and Shepherd, Gordon and Sternberg, Paul W. and Martone, Maryann E. (2008) Federated access to heterogeneous information resources in the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF). Neuroinformatics, 6 (3). pp. 205-217. ISSN 1539-2791. PMCID PMC2689790. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090407-152558990

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Abstract

The overarching goal of the NIF (Neuroscience Information Framework) project is to be a one-stop-shop for Neuroscience. This paper provides a technical overview of how the system is designed. The technical goal of the first version of the NIF system was to develop an information system that a neuroscientist can use to locate relevant information from a wide variety of information sources by simple keyword queries. Although the user would provide only keywords to retrieve information, the NIF system is designed to treat them as concepts whose meanings are interpreted by the system. Thus, a search for term should find a record containing synonyms of the term. The system is targeted to find information from web pages, publications, databases, web sites built upon databases, XML documents and any other modality in which such information may be published. We have designed a system to achieve this functionality. A central element in the system is an ontology called NIFSTD (for NIF Standard) constructed by amalgamating a number of known and newly developed ontologies. NIFSTD is used by our ontology management module, called OntoQuest to perform ontology-based search over data sources. The NIF architecture currently provides three different mechanisms for searching heterogeneous data sources including relational databases, web sites, XML documents and full text of publications. Version 1.0 of the NIF system is currently in beta test and may be accessed through http://nif.nih.gov.


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Sternberg, Paul W.0000-0002-7699-0173
Additional Information:© The Author(s) 2008. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. Received: 6 September 2008 Accepted: 8 September 2008 Published online: 29 October 2008. This project has been funded in whole or in part through the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research with Federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN271200577531C. The mediator and concept mapping tools were adopted from the Biomedical Informatics Research Network, supported by an award from the National Center for Research Resources (U24-RR019701). Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
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Subject Keywords:ontology; data federation; neuroscience resource
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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