Departmental Papers (CIS)

Date of this Version

July 2005

Document Type

Journal Article


Postprint version. Published in Bioinformatics, Volume 20 Supplement 1, August 2004, pages i86-93.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, author Sarah Cohen-Boulakia was affiliated with the Université Paris-Sud. Currently February 2007, she is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.


Motivation: Biologists are now faced with the problem of integrating information from multiple heterogeneous public sources with their own experimental data contained in individual sources. The selection of the sources to be considered is thus critically important.
Results: Our aim is to support biologists by developing a module based on an algorithm that presents a selection of sources relevant to their query and matched to their own preferences. We approached this task by investigating the characteristics of biomedical data and introducing several preference criteria useful for bioinformaticians. This work was carried out in the framework of a project which aims to develop an integrative platform for the multiple parametric analysis of cancer. We illustrate our study through an elementary biomedical query occurring in a CGH analysis scenario.


bioinformatics, biological databases, metadata, user preferences



Date Posted: 28 February 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.