Sometime within the last year, the Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C) quietly disappeared. Sadly, perhaps, almost nobody noticed.
Researchers and vendors launched the I3C with the noble goal of developing interoperability standards for the life sciences that would make it easier to access, exchange, and share data."
"So why did the I3C just vanish with so little fanfare? Opinions among some of the I3C founding members vary, but the consensus is that the work of the I3C is being carried out today in other standards bodies."
Bio-IT World Sun Microsystems Bolts I3C
"Loralyn Mears, Sun's market development group manager, life sciences, said, "Looking back the vision was grand: 'Let's create the solutions where everybody can plug everything in.' Well, you know it's hard to define what that everything is, especially when every couple of months there's a new everything to add."
"Over time, especially the last year, it became apparent that the I3C wanted to pursue a direction of formal specifications and standards, which was never really the original intent," said Mears."redux [08.13.02]
Bio-IT World Necessary Liasons:Making Standards Work
"For researchers it's really about using the absolute best applications. Our universities are turning out a tremendous number of the most important applications that people are using -- there's huge innovation that happens in government and university labs. We need to be able to integrate the applications that come from both public and private sectors.
So the idea of I3C is to make this layer open, and agree on a set of standards. There will have to be a lot of domain specifics to this middleware architecture, probably done as XML vocabulary around particular areas of chemistry and biology and expression data analysis. And the applications will have to become compliant, so it is a little bit of work for the [informatics suppliers], but ultimately there's a value proposition for everybody."redux [06.27.01]
GenomeWeb Informatics Infrastructure Consortium Unveils Demo Protocol
"The Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C) unveiled its first demonstration of a working protocol Tuesday at the BIO 2001 Conference."
The XML-driven format allowed the exchange and analysis of sequence data across 10 different organizations? products. I3C views the demonstration as a bridge to the next step to defining components needed for a more general open architecture."redux [05.23.01]
The Washington Post Biotech Industry Developing Worldwide Standard for Data
"The new coalition, led by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a Washington trade group, plans to spend the next year or so creating a detailed specification for biological data. This specification would be available without fee to any company or scientist that wanted to use it to help organize and mine information."
The project has been dubbed the Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium, or I3C."redux [02.21.01]
Genomeweb Sun Forms Industry-Wide Collaboration to Develop Open Platform for Life Sciences
"Sun Microsystems said Wednesday it would partner with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the National Cancer Institute, and several commercial bioinformatics vendors to support a collaborative effort to develop an open platform for the life sciences based on Java and XML.
The proposed initiative, temporarily referred to as Life Force or LI4 (Lifescience Informatics Interoperability Infrastructure Initiative) aims to develop an open platform to support data integration and interoperability and to focus the growing number of standards efforts."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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