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Community-based Linking of Biological Network Resources: Databases, Formats and Tools
Telgkamp, Michael ; Koschützki, Dirk ; Schwöbbermeyer, Henning ; Schreiber, Falk
Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics - JIB (ISSN 1613-4516)
The analysis of biological networks is increasingly important in the life sciences and in particular in systems biology. For the investigation of these networks computer-based analysis tools are exploited. However, to find relevant data sources can be a time-consuming task, access to information changes, frequently it is not obvious to a user which tools can be used in combination with specific data sources, and network data is often not available in a format directly usable by analysis tools. To assist in collecting information about biological network data sources, and to help in investigating possible combinations of data sources and analysis software we created BiNCowiki. BiNCo-wiki is a wiki system that stores information related to biological networks and allows all users to add or modify this information in an easy way. The collaborative character of a wiki system supports easy sharing of information and allows the communitybased extension of the information already stored in BiNCo-wiki. We describe the general structure and functionality of the system and its initial content. BiNCo-wiki is freely accessible at http://pgrc.ipk-gatersleben.de/BiNCO-wiki.
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