HCLSIG/LLD/Meetings/2013-01-14 Conference Call

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Meeting:       HCLS Linked Life Data
Convener:      M. Scott Marshall
Date:          Monday Jan 14, 2013 @ 11am EDT
Duration:      1 hour
Frequency:     bi-weekly
Past Meetings: http://goo.gl/ekhTH
Dial-In #:     +1.617.761.6200 (Cambridge, MA)
VoIP address:  sip:zakim@voip.w3.org
Participant    Access Code: 4257 ("HCLS")
IRC Channel:   http://irc.w3.org port 6665 channel #HCLS



  • Dataset Descriptions in the Open PHACTS Project - Alasdair Gray (Univ. of Manchester), slides
  • Standards for multilingual dataset description and federating data
  • Interface and tools for creating and making use of federated data
  • AOB

Dataset Descriptions in the Open PHACTS Project

We will continue the dbcatalog / dataset description work with a presentation from Alasdair Gray where we will discuss http://www.openphacts.org/specs/datadesc/ .

It looks like Chisato Yamasaki will be able to join us as well! This dataset description theme is related to ongoing work from the dbcatalog group of the Biohackathon 2011 in Kyoto.

Regrets: Richard Boyce


Alice: "What version of ChEMBL are we using?" Bob: "Er…let me check. It's going to take a while, I'll get back to you." This simple question took us the best part of a month to resolve and involved several individuals. Knowing the provenance of your data is essential, especially when using large complex systems that process multiple datasets.

The underlying issues of this simple question motivated us to improve the provenance data in the Open PHACTS project. We developed a guideline for dataset descriptions where the metadata is carried with the data. In this talk I will highlight the challenges we faced and give an overview of our metadata guidelines.


Alasdair is a researcher in the MyGrid team at the University of Manchester. He is currently working on the Open PHACTS project which is building an Open Pharmacological Space to integrate drug discovery data. Alasdair gained his PhD from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has spent the last 10 years working on novel knowledge management projects investigating issues of relating data sets. http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~graya/