DisGeNET v3.0 RDF now available

DisGeNET has just announced their latest RDF release, including: More GDAs comprising 17 000 genes and more than 14 000 diseases as linked data in the Semantic Web New disease-phenotype annotation data from the Human Phenotype Ontology New linksets A new full metadata description of the dataset compliant with the W3C HCLS and the Open Read more about DisGeNET v3.0 RDF now available[…]

Node.js library OPS.js now available

OPS.js is a JavaScript library you can use to fetch and parse responses from the Open PHACTS API. It is now available via the Node Package Manager which means that anyone using Node-based JavaScript applications can easily include it. It is also available as a single file download for standard JavaScript applications. More details can Read more about Node.js library OPS.js now available[…]

Biological annotations in SureChEMBL

Biological patent annotations are now displayed on the SureChEMBL interface. In collaboration with Open PHACTS and SciBite, the EBI have implemented a mechanism to allow users to highlight biological entities (such as genes and diseases) within SureChEMBL patent documents. For more information see the SureChEMBL blog. This is a first step towards full integration of patent information into the Read more about Biological annotations in SureChEMBL[…]

ChemBioNavigator Webinar

ChemBioNavigator is a web application that was specifically designed to visualise the small-molecule and pharmacological data integrated by Open PHACTS. Last week BioSolveIT hosted a webinar showing how ChemBioNavigator can be used to: discover new target-compound interactions identify multi-target as well as target-specific compound sets retrieve small-molecule data from a variety of web resources search by Read more about ChemBioNavigator Webinar[…]

Pipeline Pilot Component Collection 1.5 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.5 of the Open PHACTS component collection. There are no major changes to the components, but this version is needed to connect to version 1.5 of the Open PHACTS API, which has refreshed data and several other improvements. Version 1.5 of the Open PHACTS Pipeline Pilot components

Open PHACTS API Milestone

The Open PHACTS Discovery Platform passed an exciting milestone this month of having served over 250,000,000 hits since it passed into production in 2013. Our API is averaging over 25 million hits a month, and is now at version 1.5. If you would like information about moving to API version 1.5, please get in touch with us at info@openphactsfoundation.org.

Open PHACTS temporarily unavailable

Update: Service has been restored as of 9 June 2015, with both the API and Explorer back online. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this downtime. On Sunday 7 June our Open PHACTS & API hosting environment suffered a major hardware fault. As a result the Open PHACTS API and Explorer are currently unavailable. A Read more about Open PHACTS temporarily unavailable[…]

First Big Data Europe workshop complete

As a funded partner of the Big Data Europe project, the Open PHACTS Foundation played a key role in the first BDE Community Workshop, which focussed on the health and demographic change societal challenge. A full report will be released soon; in the meantime Bryn Williams-Jones has written a preview of the workshop’s outcomes.

Open PHACTS API version 1.5 is here!

We’ve been working hard to update and improve the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform, and are excited to report that version 1.5 of the Open PHACTS API is now live for public use.

This marks the completion of a large number of improvements to Open PHACTS:


Big Data Europe Workshop: Big Data in the Health Sector

As a funded partner of the Big Data Europe project, the Open PHACTS Foundation will be helping facilitate a workshop on big data in the health sector this 21 May, 2015. This workshop will provide a key opportunity for stakeholders in the health sector to influence the design of Big Data Europe’s big data platform Read more about Big Data Europe Workshop: Big Data in the Health Sector[…]

Open PHACTS – a story through publications

With all that Open PHACTS has achieved in the past few years, it can be hard to keep track of everything! Paul Groth has put together a post summarising the story of Open PHACTS to date, with links to publications demonstrating the various successes of the project: I was proud to be part of the Read more about Open PHACTS – a story through publications[…]

New Pipeline Pilot Components and Workshop

We are pleased to announce the release of Version 1.4 of the Open PHACTS Pipeline Pilot Components. More details can be found in the release notes. Many thanks go to Biovia for supporting the development of these components. To help users familiarise themselves with the Pipeline Pilot collection and other workflow tools, we will be Read more about New Pipeline Pilot Components and Workshop[…]

Drug Discovery Workflow Workshop: Using Open PHACTS

Users of Pipeline Pilot and KNIME workflow tools are invited to participate in a workshop this 19-20 May, at VU University in Amsterdam. This will be a small, informal workshop to introduce users to how the Open PHACTS API can help answer scientific questions. There will be no cost to attend the workshop.

Contact us to register your interest now!


New version of Open PHACTS Explorer released

We are delighted to announce the release of a new version of the Open PHACTS Explorer, including a completely new user interface, new data sources, mobile compatibility and the ability for users to favourite entities. Try it out now at explorer2.openphacts.org – or for an overview and introduction, take a look at our introductory video. Release notes Read more about New version of Open PHACTS Explorer released[…]

Open PHACTS Travel Grants

The Open PHACTS Foundation now offers young scientists the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to present scientific use cases and innovative technological solutions connected to the Open PHACTS project. Principally, the grants are for PhD students and early PostDocs who want to present results obtained using the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform at international Read more about Open PHACTS Travel Grants[…]

Open PHACTS New Releases and API v1.3 decommission

This quarter we are planning new releases in Open PHACTS including updates to our API (version 1.4), new functionality and new data. We will release more information about this soon. As part of these plans, we will be decommissioning an older API, version 1.3. This version will be switched off by the end of March 2015. We Read more about Open PHACTS New Releases and API v1.3 decommission[…]

Open PHACTS Foundation participates in Horizon 2020

The Open PHACTS Foundation will be participating in Big Data Europe’s Horizon 2020 project, which aims to integrate existing big data infrastructures into an extensible stack of semantically interoperable, large-scale, multi-lingual data assets. Part of the Foundation’s role will involve running pilots on services combining data and functionalities from the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform with other Read more about Open PHACTS Foundation participates in Horizon 2020[…]

Open PHACTS Foundation sponsors the ISWC2014 conference in Trentino, Italy

The Open PHACTS Foundation is a Gold Sponsor of the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, to be held 19-23 October in Trentino, Italy. The Foundation has also funded the registration of Tom De Nies, a researcher at iMinds (the former IBBT) Multimedia Lab, at the Department of Electronics and Information Systems at Ghent University.

First part of Open PHACTS project ends, extension now begins

The first part of the Open PHACTS project ended on 31 August, 2014, reaching all of its aims. Version 3 of the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform was released end of August and now features DisGeNet target-disease associations and neXtProt nanopublications for tissue expression, both with corresponding API calls. The Compound Information and Information API calls have also Read more about First part of Open PHACTS project ends, extension now begins[…]