On the usefulness of sequences in the databases

Rob Harper harper at convex.csc.FI
Tue Jun 29 07:32:12 EST 1993

In <1993Jun25.125802.23133 at nlm.nih.gov> ostell at object.nlm.nih.gov 
(Jim Ostell) writes:

>Patents in the sequence databases:

When I was in the States Brewster Kahle said that one of the most
popular wais sources was the patent-sampler.src which covered
about 2 weeks of Patent applications (18MBytes) from the US Patent Office.

Last week when I was at EMBL, Peter Stoehr showed me the patent.dat
that is available from the epo (European Patent office), and I thought
it might be a good idea to make a wais source from the data.

This is a copy of the epo.src

------------------8< --------- clip-------------8<---------
   :version  3
   :ip-address ""
   :ip-name "wais.funet.fi"
   :tcp-port 210
   :database-name "embnet/epo"
   :cost 0.00
   :cost-unit :free
   :maintainer "harper at wais.funet.fi"
   :description "Server created with WAIS release 8 b5 on
    Jun 28 13:47:08 1993 by harper at wais.funet.fi
    This is a wais source of the genetic material in the
    European Patent office.
   The files of type catalog used in the index were:
------------------8< --------- clip-------------8<---------

If you do not have Xwais for seaching I have also included the epo.src
on the gopher at CSC under the directory (WAIS WORLD for the biologist)
(That's near enough to WAYNE'S WORLD... isn't it Daniel)

                          WAIS WORLD for the Biologist

      1.  Agriculture/
      2.  Journal TOC search <?>
      3.  Materials & Methods search <?>
      4.  Prosite protein database search <?>
      5.  Search Specialised Databases at Welchlab /
      6.  Search Usenet News "sci"-groups (UK) <?>
      7.  Search for Software at EMBL (Mac, Dos, Unix, Vax)/
      8.  Search for Software at Indiana - IUBio (Mac, Dos, Unix, Vax)/
      9.  Search the Biosci/Bionet newsgroups (USA) <?>
 -->  10. Search the European Patent Office database (Finland) <?>
      11. Search the GDB database (USA) <?>
      12. Search the INFO-GCG mailing list (FINLAND) <?>
      13. Search the Protein Data Bank (USA) <?>
      14. Search the WAIS directory of servers (USA) <?>

So now all those commercial firms that have just patented a 10 base pair
sequence can now quickly check and see if some-one has already beat them
to it:-)


 Rob Harper                        E-mail:          harper at convex.csc.fi    
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