Automating the biological data collection process with agents

Zoé Lacroix, Kaushal Parekh, Hasan Davulcu, I. V. Ramakrishnan, Nikeeta Julasana

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Abstract

Scientists spend significant amount of time accessing Web resources, extracting information of interest, filtering, and integrating relevant data from multiple heterogeneous Web sites to support their data collection needs. This tedious collection process is typically performed manually as available technology does not allow scientists to explore and control their data collection process step by step. However, most of the process can be automated. While scripts (e.g., Perl) may be written to retrieve, parse and extract data of interest, many scientists are not programmers and do not have IT support. In contrast we propose an approach based on Personal Information Agents (PIA) that provide scientists a user-friendly mechanism to automate their data collection processes without the need of any programming. This approach is currently being evaluated at the Brain Tumor Cancer Unit of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Phoenix, Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2004 IEEE Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference, CSB 2004
Pages489-490
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventProceedings - 2004 IEEE Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference, CSB 2004 - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2004Aug 19 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2004 IEEE Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference, CSB 2004

Other

OtherProceedings - 2004 IEEE Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference, CSB 2004
CountryUnited States
CityStanford, CA
Period8/16/048/19/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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