One of the common challenges for data and tool integration is how complex biological data can be due to its inter-connectivity. With no standards or processes widely adopted, this left little hope for improvement in the situation. However, recent attempts have focused on the use of semantics to assist integration, and Semantic Web technologies are being welcomed by this community.

We found this interesting news on 7th Space Interactive in their article, “The Semantic Automated Discovery and Integration (SADI) Web service Design-Pattern, API and Reference Implementation.” It is encouraging to know some effort is being made to establish some compliance. We know that it has never been more important to approach knowledge organization or taxonomy management based on accepted and shared standards.

Melody K. Smith

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