Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Biological Resource Discovery

  • Zoé LacroixEmail author
  • Cartik R. Kothari
  • Peter Mork
  • Rami Rifaieh
  • Mark D. Wilkinson
  • Juliana Freire
  • Sarah Cohen-Boulakia
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1560


Resources for the Life Sciences include various expedients including (access to) data stored in flat files or databases (e.g., a query form or a textual search engine), links between resources (index or hyperlink), or services such as applications or tools. Resource discovery is the process of identifying and locating existing resources that have a particular property. Machine-based resource discovery relies on crawling, clustering, and classifying resources discovered on the Web automatically. Resource discovery systems allow the expression of queries to identify and locate resources that implement scientific tasks and have properties of interest.

Historical Background

Resource selection relies on the identification of the resources suitable to achieve each task and the ability to compose the selected resources into a meaningful and efficient executable protocol. Metadata constitute the core information requisite to evaluate the suitability of Life Sciences resources to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoé Lacroix
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cartik R. Kothari
    • 2
  • Peter Mork
    • 3
  • Rami Rifaieh
    • 4
  • Mark D. Wilkinson
    • 5
  • Juliana Freire
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  • Sarah Cohen-Boulakia
    • 9
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Biomedical InformaticsOhio State University, College of MedicineColumbusUSA
  3. 3.The MITRE CorporationMcLeanUSA
  4. 4.University of California-San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  5. 5.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  6. 6.NYU Tandon School of EngineeringBrooklynUSA
  7. 7.NYU Center for Data ScienceNew YorkUSA
  8. 8.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.University Paris-SudOrsay CedexFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Louiqa Raschid
    • 1
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA