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This article is part of the supplement: A Semantic Web for Bioinformatics: Goals, Tools, Systems, Applications

Open Access Research

Bio-jETI: a service integration, design, and provisioning platform for orchestrated bioinformatics processes

Tiziana Margaria1, Christian Kubczak2* and Bernhard Steffen3

Author Affiliations

1 Chair of Service and Software Engineering, Universit├Ąt Potsdam, D-14482 Potsdam, Germany

2 Chair of Software Engineering, Dortmund Technical University, D-44227 Dortmund, Germany

3 Chair of Programming Systems, Dortmund Technical University, D-44227 Dortmund, Germany

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BMC Bioinformatics 2008, 9(Suppl 4):S12  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-9-S4-S12

Published: 25 April 2008

Abstract

Background

With Bio-jETI, we introduce a service platform for interdisciplinary work on biological application domains and illustrate its use in a concrete application concerning statistical data processing in R and xcms for an LC/MS analysis of FAAH gene knockout.

Methods

Bio-jETI uses the jABC environment for service-oriented modeling and design as a graphical process modeling tool and the jETI service integration technology for remote tool execution.

Conclusions

As a service definition and provisioning platform, Bio-jETI has the potential to become a core technology in interdisciplinary service orchestration and technology transfer. Domain experts, like biologists not trained in computer science, directly define complex service orchestrations as process models and use efficient and complex bioinformatics tools in a simple and intuitive way.