Biological Database of Images and Genomes: tools for community annotations linking image and genomic information by Andrew T Oberlin, Dominika A Jurkovic, Mitchell F Balish and Iddo Friedberg. (Database (2013) 2013 : bat016 doi: 10.1093/database/bat016)
Genomic data and biomedical imaging data are undergoing exponential growth. However, our understanding of the phenotype–genotype connection linking the two types of data is lagging behind. While there are many types of software that enable the manipulation and analysis of image data and genomic data as separate entities, there is no framework established for linking the two. We present a generic set of software tools, BioDIG, that allows linking of image data to genomic data. BioDIG tools can be applied to a wide range of research problems that require linking images to genomes. BioDIG features the following: rapid construction of web-based workbenches, community-based annotation, user management and web services. By using BioDIG to create websites, researchers and curators can rapidly annotate a large number of images with genomic information. Here we present the BioDIG software tools that include an image module, a genome module and a user management module. We also introduce a BioDIG-based website, MyDIG, which is being used to annotate images of mycoplasmas.
Database URL: BioDIG website: http://biodig.org
BioDIG source code repository: http://github.com/FriedbergLab/BioDIG
The MyDIG database: http://mydig.biodig.org/
Linking image data to genomic data. Sounds like associations to me.
Not to mention the heterogeneity of genomic data.
Imagine extending an image/genomic data association by additional genomic data under a different identification.