Integration of open access, curated, high-quality information from multiple disciplines in the Life and Biomedical Sciences provides a holistic understanding of the domain. Additionally, the effective linking of diverse data sources can unearth hidden relationships and guide potential research strategies. However, given the lack of consistency between descriptors and identifiers used in different resources and the absence of a simple mechanism to link them, gathering and combining relevant, comprehensive information from diverse databases remains a challenge. The Open Pharmacological Concepts Triple Store (Open PHACTS) is an Innovative Medicines Initiative project that uses semantic web technology approaches to enable scientists to easily access and process data from multiple sources to solve real-world drug discovery problems. The project draws together sources of publicly-available pharmacological, physicochemical and biomolecular data, represents it in a stable infrastructure and provides well-defined information exploration and retrieval methods. Here, we highlight the utility of this platform in conjunction with workflow tools to solve pharmacological research questions that require interoperability between target, compound, and pathway data.
Joseline Ratnam, Barbara Zdrazil, Daniela Digles, Emiliano Cuadrado-Rodriguez, Jean-Marc Neefs, Hannah Tipney, Ronald Siebes, Andra Waagmeester, Glyn Bradley, Chau Han Chau, Lars Richter, Jose Brea, Chris T. Evelo, Edgar Jacoby, Stefan Senger, Maria Isabel Loza, Gerhard F. Ecker, Christine Chichester
Full publication: PLOS ONE, December 2014