Monday, March 3, 2008

Scope of the API and current plans

When I announced the API, I didn't devote much space to the intended scope of the API. To make things clearer:

  • REST/SOAP: We'll only provide a REST API plus a Soaplab2 wrapper for Taverna. Perhaps later dedicated programmers can add a SOAP interface if the demand is sufficiently high.
  • Queries for bulk data: For implementation and licensing reasons, we'll only provide methods to query by individual items, just like on the web site. If you need access to bulk data, you can download it.
  • Miscellaneous records: We want to add more query options later for retrieving information from the freely available files. For example: What are the synonyms of this item? To which orthologous group does this protein belong?

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