Human Centered Computing

German Federation for Biological Data

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German Federation for Biological Data

Financial support:

German Research Foundation (DFG)


Sep 01, 2015 — Aug 31, 2018


The German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio) is a sustainable, service oriented, national data infrastructure facilitating data sharing for biological and environmental research. The infrastructure supports scientists in all aspects of research data management covering the complete life cycle of data.
The provided services include the creation of Data Management Plans (DMP), provision of tools for data acquisition, data publication in long-term archives as well as platforms for data discovery and sharing.

In this project, we are responsible of the development and maintenance of the Terminology Service (TS), a key component of the GFBio infrastructure. The TS enables a semantically enriched data management and archiving solution for GFBio  and constitutes the terminological and ontological basis for data annotation, discovery and curation. It offers universal access to heterogeneous terminological resources, ranging from simple vocabularies to complex ontologies, in a uniform and transparent manner. We provide researchers with a set of tools and services for sharing and reusing terminologies useful for their research. They can enrich their own applications by accessing the public API or directly using the offered widgets to enable semantic annotation and terminology based access capabilities.