A flexible statistics web processing service - Added value for information systems for experiment data

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doi doi:10.2390/biecoll-jib-2010-140
submission November 23, 2009
last revision March 04, 2010
published April 20, 2010
NCBI PubMed PubMed ID 20410555

Dennis Heimann, Jens Nieschulze and Birgitta König-Ries

Correspondence should be addressed to:
Dennis Heimann
Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Hans-Knoell-Str. 10, D-07745 Jena, Germany


Data management in the life sciences has evolved from simple storage of data to complex information systems providing additional functionalities like analysis and visualization capabilities, demanding the integration of statistical tools. In many cases the used statistical tools are hard-coded within the system. That leads to an expensive integration, substitution, or extension of tools because all changes have to be done in program code. Other systems are using generic solutions for tool integration but adapting them to another system is mostly rather extensive work. This paper shows a way to provide statistical functionality over a statistics web service, which can be easily integrated in any information system and set up using XML configuration files. The statistical functionality is extendable by simply adding the description of a new application to a configuration file. The service architecture as well as the data exchange process between client and service and the adding of analysis applications to the underlying service provider are described. Furthermore a practical example demonstrates the functionality of the service.


Dennis Heimann, Jens Nieschulze and Birgitta König-Ries. A flexible statistics web processing service - Added value for information systems for experiment data. Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics, 7(1):140, 2010. Online Journal: http://journal.imbio.de/index.php?paper_id=140
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