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This section describes the informatics model that forms the basis of BioXing's product development. The model utilizes Web Services that unite disparate data with Web Browser and Client workstation applications. In this model a Web Service is a provider of a collection of programming code components that have a standard application programming interface (API). For example, the components can be used by applications for reading and writing of disparate data types stored in a variety of formats and for applying algorithms used in analysis. A goal of the model is to provide an infrastructure for integration of experimental and analyzed data which provides information that can be referenced and linked with other data sources. Another goal of the infrastructure is that it must be easily extensible to accommodate new instruments, data types, data formats, additional types of experimental data and annotation . The latter is most important because as experimental measurements are analyzed; the results may indicate dependency upon other measurable or informational properties.  That is, the underlying design should support 'What If' queries which may require additional orthogonal or supporting experiments as well as related annotation data.

Instrument control and analysis applications can benefit from an informatics system that provides a standard API  to the common features that seem to be re-invented every time a new instrument is developed. Common features are items such as storing users data, setting access privileges, defining projects, assays, experiments and storing of results. Unique parameters for an instrument can easily be handled with a system that is extensible and that contains a control vocabulary for parameters with new names and data types. It would be cost-effective to simply bind an application to the standard API instead of re-writing the code to perform the storage. In addition it would aid integration of data from multiple instruments and data sources and would allow customers to develop different analysis and integration applications.

Any informatics model must support bioinformaticians that function as defined in the Client and Server views presented in the figure below. That is, Server-Side individuals are developers of the tools, designers and implementers of the infrastructure that Client-Side individuals use to process the data and mine the information.




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