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Action Items (2008-12-03):

  • Unify API(s)
    • Csongor: I started working on the "Lightweight API", i.e. the REST web services that will process biositemaps and will return an XML representation that can be consumed by iTools...
    • Beth: I've started working on a 'consumer' api that locates and queries biositemaps... (http://appserver.ctaalliance.org/~bkirschn/biositemaps/index.html)
    • The Stanford/NCIBI Biositemap APIs provide complimentary functionality and should be merged
    • Csongor's RDF-to-XML webservice provides expected/needed functionality for iTools to consume current RDF biositemaps
    • Action Items:
  • Document knowledge of Google access to Biositemaps corpus and other access issue (DONE)
  • Agree on official location of BRO and IM and easily accessible functions to download them (DONE)
    • bioportal is official location of BRO & biositemaps.org is official location of IM
    • Action Items:
      • Natasha: provide a virtual url that will always point to the latest version of the BRO (DONE)
      • Beth: Update biositemaps web site with virtual url (done)
  • Finalize process for backward compatibility of BRO and IM (deprecation etc...)
    • 1. Software needs to be flexible (graceful handling of undefined classes)
    • 2. New Policy: don't delete classes and move to deprecated sub-tree (annotate with a recommended valid class)
    • Action Items:
      • Csongor: Update API & Biositemaps Editor to allow invalid classes
      • Beth: Document policy on biositemaps webpage
  • Get back to NCBC liaisons and (i) generate full corpus of NCBC biositemaps and (ii) expose biositemaps consistently to the Internet according to practices that Beth will disseminate
    • Action Items:
      • Beth & Peter: follow up with NCBC centers to publish & update biositemaps (note I2B2 & CCB use deprecated classes that need to be updated)
  • Get iTools to consume biositemaps corpus
    • Csongor's XML-to-RDF web service provides Ivo needed functionality. Both Beth and Csongor's API use 13-14 MB in jars, so the only way to avoid this overhead is to parse the serialized XML version of the biositemaps from this service.
    • Action Items:
      • Ivo: will provide email describing documentation needed for iTools to consume current biositemaps corpus (done)
      • Beth: Update biositemaps website with provided documentation
      • Ivo: Update iTools application to consume new biositemaps RDF files via RDF-to-XML web service
  • Get BioPortal to consume biositemaps corpus
    • There are problems with the database or bioportal that need to be resolved in order to expose NCBC resources on bioportal
    • Action Items:
      • Natasha: will email group when problems are resolved
  • Modify the BioPortal to index biositemaps corpus over more than BRO--see Beth's API
    • Daniel had emailed that "...providing a search box for people to search by tools using text queries... Harpreet might be able to do in conjunction with the CTSA supplement"
    • Action Items:
      • Beth: will clarify who will develop biositemaps search application following CTSA call regarding BRO/IM harmonizing
  • Modify Biositemaps Editor to support multiple resource types
    • Action Items:
      • Csongor: to be done early next year (January 2009)

Archived Action Items (2008-11-21):

  • NCBC Team Action Items
    • codify API(s) (Csongr-Beth-Ivo)
      • Csongor: I started working on the "Lightweight API", i.e. the REST web services that will process biositemaps and will return an XML representation that can be consumed by iTools...
      • Beth: I've started working on a 'consumer' api that locates and queries biositemaps...
    • document knowledge of Google access to Biositemaps corpus and other access issue (Beth)
    • agree on official location of BRO and IM and easily accessible functions to download them (Csongor-Daniel)
    • finalize process for backward compatibility of BRO and IM (deprecation etc...) (Csongor-Beth)
    • get back to NCBC liaisons and (i) generate full corpus of NCBC biositemaps and (ii) expose biositemaps consistently to the Internet according to practices that Beth will disseminate (Peter)
    • get iTools to consume biositemaps corpus (Ivo)
    • get BioPortal to consume biositemaps corpus (Csongor-Daniel)
    • modify the BioPortal to index biositemaps corpus over more than BRO--see Beth's API (Csongor-Beth)
      • Daniel: ...providing a search box for people to search by tools using text queries... Harpreet might be able to do in conjunction with the CTSA supplement
    • Modify Biositemaps Editor to support multiple resource types (Csongor)
  • NCBC-CTSA Team Action Items
    • harmonize BRO-IM with CTSA IM; clarify which fields should reside in BRO and which in IM. Overall goal is improve biositemaps as format for exchanging information about resources, and reuse tools (Technical Tiger Team: Beth, Csongor, Kevin,...)