Identifiers.org and MIRIAM Registry: community resources to provide persistent identification.

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TitleIdentifiers.org and MIRIAM Registry: community resources to provide persistent identification.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJuty, N, Le Novère, N, Laibe, C
JournalNucleic Acids Res
Volume40
IssueDatabase issue
PaginationD580-6
Date Published2012 Jan
ISSN1362-4962
KeywordsComputational Biology, Databases, Factual, Internet, Registries, Software
Abstract

<p>The Minimum Information Required in the Annotation of Models Registry (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/miriam) provides unique, perennial and location-independent identifiers for data used in the biomedical domain. At its core is a shared catalogue of data collections, for each of which an individual namespace is created, and extensive metadata recorded. This namespace allows the generation of Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) to uniquely identify any record in a collection. Moreover, various services are provided to facilitate the creation and resolution of the identifiers. Since its launch in 2005, the system has evolved in terms of the structure of the identifiers provided, the software infrastructure, the number of data collections recorded, as well as the scope of the Registry itself. We describe here the new parallel identification scheme and the updated supporting software infrastructure. We also introduce the new Identifiers.org service (http://identifiers.org) that is built upon the information stored in the Registry and which provides directly resolvable identifiers, in the form of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). The flexibility of the identification scheme and resolving system allows its use in many different fields, where unambiguous and perennial identification of data entities are necessary.</p>

DOI10.1093/nar/gkr1097
Alternate JournalNucleic Acids Res.
PubMed ID22140103
PubMed Central IDPMC3245029
Grant ListBB/E005748/1 / / Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council / United Kingdom
BB/E006248/1 / / Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council / United Kingdom
JPA 1729 / / Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council / United Kingdom