Semantic-JSON interface

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Researchers at Japan’s research institute RIKEN have developed a lightweight web service interface for accessing massive amounts of life science research data across multiple public and private domains. Through the powerful RIKEN Scientists’ Networking System (SciNetS), the service is said to provide a secure and flexible interface to millions of data records and their network of semantic relationships.

The Semantic-JSON interface accesses a “virtual laboratory cloud centre” known as SciNetS, which brings together (as of May 2011) 192 public database projects that are both internal and external to RIKEN. SciNetS creates common ground for sharing life science data resources by linking these resources together in a network of semantic relationships based on standardised Semantic Web techniques.