SRS 5 getz

Thure Etzold etzold at ebi.ac.uk
Thu Oct 23 05:47:14 EST 1997


Ramu Chenna wrote:
> 1. Can we have alias names to databases (single database or group
>    of databases).
>    This would solve some problem when we suddenly change database name
>    (emnew --> emblnew for example) and the external links from other
>    sources to this database works.

have been thinking about this for some time. The problem is that a more
general
approach is needed since often not only the databank name may vary but
also 
the identifier for the entry which can be either an accession number or 
entry name - thinking of the information you find in blast files. 
Would like to have a system where all of the following are understood:

sw|P00123
sw:P00123
swissprot:P00123
SWISS|ACHA_HUMAN

to make it even more complicated, we have here at ebi 
'virtual databanks' like 'swall' which i think contains: 
swissprot, sptrembl, swissnew and sptremblnew 

... so definetely for after 5.1 ...any further comments on that?


regards
thure




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