Life Sciences and the web: A new era for collaboration

Jonathan A. Sagotsky, Le Zhang, Zhihui Wang, Sean Martin, Thomas S. Deisboeck

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The World Wide Web has revolutionized how researchers from various disciplines collaborate over long distances. This is nowhere more important than in the Life Sciences, where interdisciplinary approaches are becoming increasingly powerful as a driver of both integration and discovery. Data access, data quality, identity, and provenance are all critical ingredients to facilitate and accelerate these collaborative enterprises and it is here where Semantic Web technologies promise to have a profound impact. This paper reviews the need for, and explores advantages of as well as challenges with these novel Internet information tools as illustrated with examples from the biomedical community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number201
JournalMolecular Systems Biology
StatePublished - Jul 9 2008


  • AJAX
  • OWL
  • RDF
  • Semantic Web
  • Web 2.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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