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Bio::GMOD: A Unified API To Model Organism Databases ^

Bio::GMOD is a suite of Perl modules that provides a unified programming interface to Model Organism Databases. These databases house a wealth of information that extends beyond the primary genomic sequences of the organisms on which they focus.

This document was derived from a talk given at the May 2005 Generic Model Organism Database meeting in Menlo Park, CA.

Current Problems ^

        Need to be knowledgable in both database structure and terminology
        Difficult to fetch similar/related data across sites

Objectives ^

        insulate end users from changes in data schemas
        provide unified API to wealth of data housed in MODs

Solutions ^

        open-ended defaults - can generically create as necessary

Limitations ^

        one instance, one MOD
        little movement between classes
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