A Multiagent-based Framework for Integrating Biological Data

A Multiagent-based Framework for Integrating Biological Data

Faheema Maghrabi (Ain Shams University, Egypt), Hossam M. Faheem (Ain Shams University, Egypt), Taysir Soliman (Asuit University, Egypt) and Zaki T. Fayed (Ain Shams University, Egypt)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jiit.2008040102
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Abstract

Biological data has been rapidly increasing in volume in different Web data sources. To query multiple data sources manually on the internet is time consuming for biologists. Therefore, systems and tools that facilitate searching multiple biological data sources are needed. Traditional approaches to build distributed or federated systems do not scale well to the large, diverse, and the growing number of biological data sources. Internet search engines allow users to search through large numbers of data sources, but provide very limited capabilities for locating, combining, processing, and organizing information. A promising approach to this problem is to provide access to the large number of biological data sources through a multiagent-based framework where a set of agents can cooperate with each other to retrieve relevant information from different biological Web databases. The proposed system uses a mediator-based integration approach with domain ontology, which uses as a global schema. In this paper we propose a multiagent-based framework that responds to biological queries according to its biological domain ontology.

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