Journal Article

DASMI: exchanging, annotating and assessing molecular interaction data

Hagen Blankenburg, Robert D. Finn, Andreas Prlić, Andrew M. Jenkinson, Fidel Ramírez, Dorothea Emig, Sven-Eric Schelhorn, Joachim Büch, Thomas Lengauer and Mario Albrecht

in Bioinformatics

Volume 25, issue 10, pages 1321-1328
Published in print May 2009 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:

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Motivation: Ever increasing amounts of biological interaction data are being accumulated worldwide, but they are currently not readily accessible to the biologist at a single site. New techniques are required for retrieving, sharing and presenting data spread over the Internet.

Results: We introduce the DASMI system for the dynamic exchange, annotation and assessment of molecular interaction data. DASMI is based on the widely used Distributed Annotation System (DAS) and consists of a data exchange specification, web servers for providing the interaction data and clients for data integration and visualization. The decentralized architecture of DASMI affords the online retrieval of the most recent data from distributed sources and databases. DASMI can also be extended easily by adding new data sources and clients. We describe all DASMI components and demonstrate their use for protein and domain interactions.

Availability: The DASMI tools are available at and The DAS registry and the DAS 1.53E specification is found at


Supplementary information: Supplementary data and all figures in color are available at Bioinformatics online.

Journal Article.  5579 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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