MAGE-OM: An object model for the communication of microarray data
Part 4. Bioinformatics
4.7. Structuring and Integrating Data
Short Specialist Review
Published Online: 15 APR 2006
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
How to Cite
Ball, C. A., Spellman, P. T. and Miller, M. 2006. MAGE-OM: An object model for the communication of microarray data. Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. 4:4.7.
- Published Online: 15 APR 2006
Meaningful exchange of many high-throughput biological data is difficult without sufficient information depth and without well-accepted data formats. Microarray data can be exchanged with the Microarray Gene Expression Markup Language (MAGE-ML), which is based on a conceptualization of microarray experiments modeled using the unified modeling language (UML) named MAGE-OM (Microarray Gene Expression Object Model). MAGE was (and continues to be) developed in a collaborative and cooperative manner by many members of the grass-roots Microarray Gene Expression Data Society (MGED). The MAGE- OM was developed with the express intent to provide enough depth and breadth to fully capture data required to meet the standards for the minimum information annotating a microarray experiment (MIAME). MAGE developers and adopters have contributed to a freely available software tool kit (MAGE-STK) that eases the integration of MAGE-ML into end users' systems. Future plans include developing a second version of MAGE-OM that will reduce ambiguities, completely integrate the MGED Ontology, fully capture higher level analysis steps and will be broad enough to contribute to a greater object model for a superset of large-scale biomedical technologies, called Functional Genomics (FuGE).
- object model;
- data exchange;
- markup language;