OpenPhacts.org

To reduce the barriers to drug discovery in industry academia and for small businesses the Open PHACTS consortium is building an Open Pharmacological Space (OPS). This will be a freely available platform integrating pharmacological data from a variety of information resources and providing tools and services to question this integrated data to support pharmacological research. It is a 3-year project ending in March 2014.The project will deliver an online platform with a set of integrated publicly available pharmacological data. The software and data will be available for download and local installation under an open source and open access model. Tools and services will be provided to query and visualize this data and a sustainability plan will be in place continuing the operation of the OPS platform after the project funding ends.Throughout the project a series of recommendations will be developed in conjunction with the community building on open standards to ensure wide applicability of the approaches used for integration of data.The OPS platform is a specific achievable result from this project but the semantic technology and principles are deliberately being adopted to enable the platform to be adapted for application to other subject domains in the future.Throughout the project a series of recommendations will be developed in conjunction with the community building on open standards to ensure wide applicability of the approaches used for integration of data.The OPS platform is a specific achievable result from this project but the semantic technology and principles are deliberately being adopted to enable the platform to be adapted for application to other subject domains in the future.As we near the half-way point of this project we have met all of our planned milestones: including the roll-out of an initial version of the platform for consortium partners to test which was delivered in February 2012. A public beta version of the platform is scheduled for delivery in Autumn 2012. Beyond the technical aspects we are now working on further development of our community and plan to ensure sustainability beyond the initial funded period.

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