The EMBRACE web service collection

TitleThe EMBRACE web service collection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPettifer, Steve, Ison Jon, Kalaš Matúš, Thorne Dave, McDermott Philip, Jonassen Inge, Liaquat Ali, Fernández José M., Rodriguez Jose M., Partners INB-, Pisano David G., Blanchet Christophe, Uludag Mahmut, Rice Peter, Bartaseviciute Edita, Rapacki Kristoffer, Hekkelman Maarten, Sand Olivier, Stockinger Heinz, Clegg Andrew B., Bongcam-Rudloff Erik, Salzemann Jean, Breton Vincent, Attwood Teresa K., Cameron Graham, and Vriend Gert
JournalNucleic Acids Research

The EMBRACE (European Model for Bioinformatics Research and Community Education) web service collection is the culmination of a 5-year project that set out to investigate issues involved in developing and deploying web services for use in the life sciences. The project concluded that in order for web services to achieve widespread adoption, standards must be defined for the choice of web service technology, for semantically annotating both service function and the data exchanged, and a mechanism for discovering services must be provided. Building on this, the project developed: EDAM, an ontology for describing life science web services; BioXSD, a schema for exchanging data between services; and a centralized registry ( that collects together around 1000 services developed by the consortium partners. This article presents the current status of the collection and its associated recommendations and standards definitions.