An Introduction to SyMBA

This page summarizes the current status of the SyMBA. SyMBA is available for viewing and testing via the sandbox installation we have set up, and is also available for download via SourceForge's Subversion repository. We welcome any comments or queries on the system, which should be sent to .

The Integrative Bioinformatics Group, headed by Neil Wipat and part of The Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition (CISBAN), has developed a data archive and integrator (SyMBA) based on Version 1 of the Functional Genomics Experiment (FuGE) Object Model (FuGE-OM), and which archives, stores, and retrieves raw high-throughput data. Until now, few published systems have successfully integrated multiple omics data types and information about experiments in a single database. SyMBA is the first published implementation of FuGE that includes a database back-end, expert and standard interfaces, and a Life Science Identifier (LSID) Resolution and Assigning service to identify objects and provide programmatic access to the database. Having a central data repository prevents deletion, loss, or accidental modification of primary data, while giving convenient access to the data for publication and analysis. It also provides a central location for storage of metadata for the high-throughput data sets, and will facilitate subsequent data integration strategies.

We encourage the use, installation and development of SyMBA by other groups. Please let us know if you are interested in using or evaluating SyMBA for use at your own Centre.

SyMBA has been presented at or mentioned in:

Status: June 2011: 11.06

We now use Google Web Toolkit and hyperjaxb3. This has resulted in a much cleaner, simpler application to use and to develop with. Please play with the sandbox installation of SyMBA 2, and see what you think of the new user interface.

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