Molecular-biological annotation data is continuously being collected, curated and made accessible in numerous public data sources. Integration of this data is a major challenge in bioinformatics. We present the GenMapper system that physically integrates heterogeneous annotation data in a flexible way and supports large-scale analysis on the integrated data. It uses a generic data model to uniformly represent different kinds of annotations originating from different data sources. Existing associations between objects, which represent valuable biological knowledge, are explicitly utilized to drive data integration and combine annotation knowledge from different sources. To serve specific analysis needs, powerful operators are provided to derive tailored annotation views from the generic data representation. GenMapper is operational and has been successfully used for large-scale functional profiling of genes. Interactive access is provided under http://www.izbi.de.
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Proc. EDBT 2004, Heraklion, Greece, Springer LNCS, March 2004
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