The Cambridge eScience Centre


CeSC Technical Forum

The FlyMine Project

Andrew Varley (Department of Genetics)

2pm, Thursday July 24th
Meeting Room 13, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road.


FlyMine is an open-source project to build an integrated database of genomic, expression and protein data for the fruit fly and mosquito, both important organisms for studying biological processes that also occur in humans.

We aim to provide biologists with a powerful and flexible query system, with the data available for arbitrary queries via a web interface and web service. The talk will focus on the software that we are building to integrate data from many sources, how we are using automatic SQL query rewriting to make use of data stored massively redundantly in the underlying database, and the various mechanisms we use to prevent unnecessary transfer of large result sets and overloading of the database engine by badly defined queries.

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