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The ORIEL Project

...is developing tools and procedures to promote access to and integration of a wide range of information resources in the life sciences.

The tools developed through ORIEL will:

  • enable effective linking of different types of biological information (literature, factual and multimedia databases)
  • make navigation easy, thereby encouraging the creative exploration of the information landscape
  • facilitate communication by making data presentation and information visualisation user-friendly.

Aims

  • The ORIEL Project (IST-2001-32688), funded by the EU and coordinated by the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) aims to provide research communities with tools to manage large, complex, multimedia datasets and to navigate through an increasingly intricate and potentially confusing information landscape.

Methodologies

  • ORIEL's methodologies will be tested and applied in a critical user environment represented by the EU-funded E-BioSci platform (QLRI-CT-2001-30266).

Developments

  • Methods -
    • leading to the creation of new concepts of the scientific literature, based on machine-understandable documents.
  • Technologies -
    • permitting effective linking of a wide range of biological digital information sources, including molecular, genomic and multi-dimensional image databases,
    • promoting ease of cross-database navigation, leading to creative exploration of the information landscape.
  • Protocols -
    • facilitating effective data representation and information visualisation through the construction of adaptive interfaces that meet the needs of individual users.

Background

  • The emerging fields of genomics and bio-informatics are having far-reaching effects on all aspects of the Life Sciences. Additionally, biotechnology and biomedicine, that will benefit enormously from new genome-based technologies, have become important growth areas in the European life sciences industry.
  • Genomics research is characterized by the production of vast amounts of raw and derived data. The integration of the exponentially growing amounts of these and associated biological information in digital form (publications, sequence and sequence-related information, digital image data) is presenting one of the most demanding current challenges to information technology.
  • There is an urgent need to better exploit the potential of the Internet and other communication networks to develop novel technology and intelligent middleware for the integration of large, complex and disparate information resources.

Objectives

  • The ORIEL project will explore and further develop methods, technologies and protocols aimed at the integration, dissemination and exploitation of large, complex and disparate digital information resources. With a view to making such technologies widely available, it will focus on the Life Sciences as a data-intensive and highly demanding testbed that will
    • permit effective linking of different types of biological information displaying complex inter-relationships (literature, factual and multi-media image databases)
    • promote ease of navigation leading to creative exploration of the information landscape and
    • facilitate user-friendly data presentation and information visualisation.

Milestones

  • The development of new concepts that will enhance the efficiency of integration of different types of biological data currently maintained in a wide spectrum of digital collections and resources across Europe.
  • The development and optimization of interactive and adaptive user interfaces to promote intelligent access to, retrieval and analysis of data stored in digital form.

 

E-BioSci and ORIEL

  • E-BioSci is EMBO's initiative to provide a federated network of European platforms for a wide range of high quality electronic services relating to information access and retrieval in the life sciences.
  • The ORIEL Project will promote access to and integration of E-BioSci services. In return, E-BioSci will provide a staging area in which ORIEL components can be pre-released prior to rigourous testing by sub-sets of research community users. This staging facility will serve both as development area for testing and integrating ORIEL prototypes within E-BioSci, as well as evaluating their effectiveness with core users of the live service.
  • Both projects build on the complementary expertises and strengths of partner institutions in different locations in Europe. They aim to foster optimal pooling and use of European biological archives and data collections, and will involve the development of common protocols for efficient searching and retrieval of different types of information (including images, sequence data and full text published literature) held in different locations and in different formats. Some of these goals are long term and will require significant research and prototyping to achieve them.

Graphic representation of the relationships between ORIEL and E-BioSci projects

 

ORIEL Partners

CINES | CNR-IBC | CNR-ITB | CSIC | EBI | EMBO | EUR |

ICGEB | IGH | ingenta | INRIA | LIRMM | University of Oxford

 

CINES (Centre Informatique National de l'Enseignement Supérieur)

(Workpackages WP5, WP6, WP7)

  1. High performance computing: Numerous scientific disciplines use equipment of the Centre for resolving problems which require extreme powers of calculation and large memory capacities. CINES also offers users the possibility to visualise the results of calculations by animated sequences and to produce supports of broadcasting.
  2. Large databases and documentation systems: CINES is the privileged partner of the Higher Education Bibliographical Agency (ABES) as well as the official server of the libraries network SIBIL-FRANCE. CINES is also involved in several multimedia projects.
  3. Wide Area Network expertise: CINES is connected to the French National Research Network (RENATER) and also participates in the national network committee CRU and its different workgroups. A RENATER local office will soon be located in the CINES building. Many collaborations are in progress between RENATER and CINES, including security and performance.

 

CNR-IBC (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) (National Research Centre)

(Workpackage WP3, WP6, WP7)

CNR-ITB (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) (National Research Centre)

(Workpackage WP3, WP6, WP7)

 

CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)

(Workpackage WP4, WP7)

 

EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute)

(Workpackage WP4, WP7)


EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization)

(Workpackages WP0, WP7, WP8)

 

BioSemantics Group, Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus University

The Biosemantics Group Rotterdam is an initiative of the Department of Medical Informatics of the Erasmus MC - University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Through innovative fundamental and applied research it aims at developing and validating advanced techniques for the processing and analysis of large, complex, and heterogeneous medical and biological data sets. In addition to research the group is involved in the training of under- and postgraduate medical students and radiologists.

 

 

ICGEB (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology)

(Workpackage WP3, WP7)

 

IGH (Institut de Génétique Humaine)

(Workpackage WP5, WP6, WP7)

 

 

ingenta

(Workpackages WP1, WP6)

 

INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique)

(Workpackage WP2, WP7)

 

 

LIRMM (Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microéelectronique de Montpellier)

(Workpackage WP5, WP6, WP7)

 

 

UOXFAT - University of Oxford

(Workpackage WP1, WP7)

 
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