MOWServ: a web client for integration of bioinformatic resources

Sergio Ram�rez, Antonio Mu�oz-M�rida, Johan Karlsson, Maximiliano Garc�a, Antonio J. P�rez-Pulido, M. Gonzalo Claros, Oswaldo Trelles
2010 Nucleic Acids Research  
The productivity of any scientist is affected by cumbersome, tedious and time-consuming tasks that try to make the heterogeneous web services compatible so that they can be useful in their research. MOWServ, the bioinformatic platform offered by the Spanish National Institute of Bioinformatics, was released to provide integrated access to databases and analytical tools. Since its release, the number of available services has grown dramatically, and it has become one of the main contributors of
more » ... egistered services in the EMBRACE Biocatalogue. The ontology that enables most of the web-service compatibility has been curated, improved and extended. The service discovery has been greatly enhanced by Magallanes software and biodataSF. User data are securely stored on the main server by an authentication protocol that enables the monitoring of current or already-finished user's tasks, as well as the pipelining of successive data processing services. The BioMoby standard has been greatly extended with the new features included in the MOWServ, such as management of additional information (metadata such as extended descriptions, keywords and datafile examples), a qualified registry, error handling, asynchronous services and service replication. All of them have increased the MOWServ service quality, usability and robustness. MOWServ is available at and has a mirror at
doi:10.1093/nar/gkq497 pmid:20525794 pmcid:PMC2896175 fatcat:4fijmcqk2bblvad62mbd6vxqwy