A BIOSITEMAP is a way for a biomedical research institution of organisation to show how biological information is distributed throughout their Information Technology systems and networks. This information may be shared with other organisations and researchers.
* 1.1 Data formats
* 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links
iTools representation of a biositemap
The information is normally stored in a biositemap.rdf or biositemap.xml file which contains lists of information about the data, software, tools material and services provided or held by that organisation. Information is presented in metafields and can be created online through sites such as the biositemaps online editor.
The information is a blend of sitemaps and
The Biositemaps Protocol allows scientists, engineers, centers and
institutions engaged in modeling, software tool development and
analysis of biomedical and informatics data to broadcast and
disseminate to the world the information about their latest
computational biology resources (data, software tools and web
services). The biositemap concept is based on ideas from Efficient,
Automated Web Resource Harvesting and Crawler-friendly Web Servers,
and it integrates the features of sitemaps and
These site, institution, or investigator specific biositemap descriptions are published in RDF format online and are searched, parsed, monitored and interpreted by web search engines, web applications specific to biositemaps and ontologies, and other applications interested in discovering updated or novel resources for bioinformatics and biomedical research investigations. The biositemap mechanism separates the providers of biomedical resources (investigators or institutions) from the consumers of resource content (researchers, clinicians, news media, funding agencies, educational and research initiatives).
Biositemaps supplement and do not replace the existing frameworks for
dissemination of data, tools and services. Using a biositemap does not
guarantee that resources will be included in search indexes nor does
it influence the way that tools are ranked or perceived by the
community. What the Biositemaps protocol will do is provide clues,
information and directives to all
BIOSITEMAP INFORMATION MODEL
* Name * Description * URL * Stage of development * Organization * Resource Ontology Label * Keywords * License
Up-to-date documentation on the information model is available at the Biositemaps website.
* ^ Biositemaps online editor Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine . * ^ A B Dinov ID, Rubin D, Lorensen W, et al. (2008). "iTools: A Framework for Classification, Categorization and Integration of Computational Biology Resources". PLoS ONE. 3 (5): e2265. doi :10.1371/journal.pone.0002265 . PMC 2386255 . PMID 18509477 . * ^ M.L. Nelson; J.A. Smith; del Campo; H. Van de Sompel; X. Liu (2006). "Efficient, Automated Web Resource Harvesting" (PDF). WIDM'06.
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