Technical issues concerning database compatibility and interoperability
- Assessment of technical, non-semantic, aspects of database interoperability as a barrier to scientific and financial sustainability.
- Assessment of most successful methods to remove these barriers
- Assessment of distributed architectures to enable federated data access.
Description of workTaking the data reported from PRIME and supported by the Web services and Database co-ordinator and invited external expert opinion if necessary, this work package will:
- Assess the best strategy for technical integration: A central database with data migration from distributed resources, federated, interoperable databases, or a GRID approach. Limitations of interoperability.
- Consider input from WP8 use case analysis study to assess how community requirements can be best met.
- Assess sustainability of databases over time under changing conditions, their flexibility, operating systems, computing provision and network provision.
- Assess the extent to which database management shows good practice across Europe
- Invite technical personnel from participants and other databases to WP meetings to discuss technical barriers.
- Assess the need for a standard data format for import and export of data and computational results across different databases and the relation of computed results to other data types.
- Assess the ability of databases to meet requirements for data mining techniques; different data mining techniques require different database interfaces.
- Investigate the structure, location and current use of quantitative data, for example that relating to QTL (quantitative trait locus) analysis.
- Investigate current availability of computational resources and the need for expansion
- Investigate methods for making computational resources available for example GRID technology. Cost effectiveness of distributed computing.