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The Integrative Cancer Research Workspace is producing modular and interoperable tools and interfaces that provide for integration between biomedical informatics applications and data. This will ultimately enable translational and integrative research by providing for the integration of clinical and basic research data. The Workspace is developing a software-engineered, well-documented and validated biomedical informatics toolset for use throughout the research community.

Additional information is also found on the Molecular Analysis Knowledge Center site.

Recent News


Life Sciences Domain Analysis Model

caBIG® Life Sciences Domain Analysis Model (LS DAM) v2.0 has been released. The LS DAM is a shared view of the semantics for Life Sciences, which includes hypothesis driven basic and pre-clinical research as well as discovery sciences. It is aligned, where appropriate, with the Clinical Sciences BRIDG model, which covers protocol driven clinical research. The LS DAM is a foundational component for achieving semantic interoperability among the various applications across caBIG® and is bound to the ISO 21090 data type standard.

The major changes in this release are described in the Release Summary and include:

  • Creation of a Life Sciences Scope Statement
  • Update to the Molecular Biology core component to promote consistent use of the model when dealing with physical entities and/or information about those entities
  • Expansion of Experiment Core(formerly called the Generic Assay model) to include ExperimentalParameters
  • Addition of the BRIDG aligned Performer role based class which was identified as a gap through analysis of Pathology Imaging Use Cases
  • Representation for biologic models by inclusion of classes for CellCulture, CellLine, MicrobiologicCulture, subSpeciesRank identified through analysis of Pathology Imaging Use Cases
  • Support for material compositions by addition of MaterialRelationship class (and removal of caNanoLab derived specializations of Material that can now be handled more elegantly)
  • Further development of the Container concept
  • Addition of attributes to the Software class
  • Common Biorepository Model mappings are documented and added as tags in the UML model

For a complete list of modifications and additions to the LS DAM v 2.1, please see the Release Notes and Model Documentation.

For those interested in viewing the LS DAM v2.1 model

For more information on the LS DAM see the LS DAM Wiki page.


NanoParticle Ontology

We have released a new version of the NanoParticle Ontology(NPO). This version includes new terms that describe “scales of measurement” and nanomaterials. We made some modification to the nanomaterial branch and added new terms based on ISO terminology.

NPO RELEASE DOCUMENTS: To view the new release documents, please go to http://www.nano-ontology.org/documentation/version-release-notes/2011-02-12 .

NPO VISUALIZATION: To browse and visualize the NPO, please go to http://purl.bioontology.org/ontology/npo .

NPO INCLUDED IN NCI METATHESAURUS: The NPO is now included in the NCI metathesaurus (NCIm), which can be accessed at http://ncimeta.nci.nih.gov/ .
The NCI metathesaurus contains about 3,600,000 terms from over 76 vocabularies, and these terms are mapped to about 1,400,000 biomedical concepts. Terms from multiple vocabularies that are mapped to a single biomedical concept allows the user to choose from the multiple vocabularies to annotate data. Simultaneously, this facilitates discovery of vocabularies unknown to the user. By the inclusion of NPO into the NCI metathesaurus, we expect that NPO accessibility and usage will be extended within the NCIm; NPO will add semantics into the NCIm; and that NCIm users will be able to take advantage of the knowledge provided by NPO.

NPO TERM SUGGESTION: The NCI term suggestion application allows for users to suggest terms for NPO. To suggest terms for NPO, you may use the NCI term suggestion application, available at: http://ncitermform.nci.nih.gov/


Teleconference Materials

The meeting Date is hyperlinked to the notes and hyperlinks in the Executive Summary are for specific presentations

Date

Executive Summary

April 13, 2011, 2-4 PM Eastern

The ICR participants presented on their assigned projects. Jim McCusker, caIntegrator Community Contribution of Code, discussed his implementation experience and future recommendations. Dennis Thomas , Extending the Use of the NanoParticle Ontology, addressed challenges for using NPO with nano-TAB and caNanoLab NPO for data annotation, semantic integration of data, unambiguous interpretation and data sharing. Mukesh Sharma , HL7 Clinical Genomics WG, discussed “Considering changing mission and charter to reflect changing technology” and “Mission to include bridging semantics between clinical and research domains.” Nathan Baker reviewed the updates and future goals of the Nanotechnology Working Group. In addition, Bob Freimuth , Information Representation Working Group, reviewed the activities and future recommendations for the period.

March 23, 2011, 2-4 PM Eastern

Alex Kanous from the DSIC Knowledge Center provided a presentation on the electronic Data Use Agreement tool. The tool may be used for generating DUAs for outgoing data based on a catalog of standardized, modular contract clauses, each of which corresponds to one of the E-DSSF’s sensitivity ratings. Joshua Phillips and Ravi Madduri discussed the prototyping activities on workflows for caGrid 2.0. They described use cases and requirements for workflows, defining metadata needed for discovery, composition, and execution of workflows and their consideration of how best to use W3C technologies (e.g. RDF, SPARQL, SA-WSDL, inference). They also provided a demo of a workflow engine prototype based on SADI and Taverna. Ken Quinn spoke about the Roswell Park deployment of caGrid technology and use of caB2B to do federated queries across disparate, decentralized heterogeneous databases and clinical systems to support non-interventional clinical research. He described the process and challenges including: gathering senior leadership support, understanding the myriad research databases, gaining technical expertise, lack of common vocabularies and the excellent collaboration and support provided by the caB2B knowledge center.

February 23, 2011, 2-4 PM Eastern

Anton Nekrutenko and Daniel Blankenberg and of The Pennsylvania State University gave a presentation on Galaxy, an open-source next generation sequence (NGS) analysis software system. It addresses the need to empower the scientists without access to extensive infrastructure to do the analysis. Galaxy is a free web service, and has a plethora of analysis tools and has workflow generation capabilities
Stacey Harper gave a briefing on nano-TAB, a general purpose framework that provides a standard means to communicate nanomaterial data and metadata. The needs the data exchange format addresses and an overview of the file structure were discussed.

February 14, 2011, 2-4 PM Eastern

caArray Users Meeting featured upcoming plugin architecture for support the addition of new parsers and data storage mechanisms.

January 26, 2011, 2-4 PM Eastern

Jenny Kelley, NCI Population Sciences, updated the community on caLIMS v2 new features. She also provided a thorough demonstration of the tool.
The details on the upcoming release of caB2B in March were presented by Baris Suzek of Georgetown University. The tool will assist Bioinformaticians and Researchers discover and collect data on the Grid.
Nano WG and LS SME WG each presented an overview and current goals to the community.

January 12, 2011, 2-4 PM Eastern

The ICR Workspace is hearing reports on activities for the last period.
Bob Freimuth discussed IRWG work on the LS DAM Updates and additions to the model will appear in the next release. Work on the portion of the model shared with HL7 Clinical Genomics Working Group is extending the generic assay core to include concepts for gene variation.
Dennis Thomas reported on the processes to integrate the NanoParticle Ontology into the NCI Metathesaurus. This expands NPO accessibility and brings more semantics into the NCImt.

Looking for older notes?  Access ICR Meeting Notes Archive  



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