We have developed a biological resource description framework (BRDF) based on a collection of concept instance sketches expressed using an extended hypergraph notation, and have applied this framework to the data warehousing requirements of a number of research projects in the fields of genomics, genetics, nutrigenomics and molecular biology. The resulting framework and its instances have been implemented in a Postgres database, with a Python object oriented API and web-based interface, and a number of production systems have been built and operated using the framework, and continue to be developed. This paper defines and describes the framework and concept instance sketching technique we have developed, and briefly describes the implementation of the systems based on this framework and our experience with them to date.
|Cite as: McCulloch, A., Demmers, P., Mitchell, J., Townley, D., Smale, P., Smithies, R., Miskell, C., Khan, A. and Maqbool, N. (2007). Concept Instance Sketching and Design for a Biological Database Framework. In Proc. Tutorials, posters, panels and industrial contributions at the 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling - ER 2007 Auckland, New Zealand. CRPIT, 83. Grundy, J., Hartmann, S., Laender, A. H. F., Maciaszek, L. and Roddick, J. F., Eds. ACS. 145-147. |