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SUMMARY: The Sample avAILability system-SAIL-is a web based application for searching, browsing and annotating biological sample collections or biobank entries. By providing individual-level information on the availability of specific data types (phenotypes, genetic or genomic data) and samples within a collection, rather than the actual measurement data, resource integration can be facilitated. A flexible data structure enables the collection owners to provide descriptive information on their samples using existing or custom vocabularies. Users can query for the available samples by various parameters combining them via logical expressions. The system can be scaled to hold data from millions of samples with thousands of variables. AVAILABILITY: SAIL is available under Aferro-GPL open source license: https://github.com/sail.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/bioinformatics/btq693

Type

Journal article

Journal

Bioinformatics

Publication Date

15/02/2011

Volume

27

Pages

589 - 591

Keywords

Computational Biology, Database Management Systems, Genomics, Internet, Meta-Analysis as Topic, Phenotype, Software