EMBOSS: Project Meeting (Mon 20th July 09)
External services have the SoapLab 2.2 generic and typed interfaces working with EMBOSS 6.1.0. "soapaction" was added to the typed interface. Soap::Lite does not work well as a client. XML::Compile is the recommended Perl client interface.
Mahmut will send an announcement to the SoapLab mailing list.
Alan commented on the recent mailing list discussions of CUDA and related issues. We should let the developer community explore these. OpenCL is preferable to CUDA (this is also the view of the BioManyCores project). We can look into the Intel ICC compiler support for multiple cores. Alan will investigate the costs.
Alan has continued working on the Ensembl API.
Mahmut is monitoring next-generation sequencing discussions.
Jon described the latest extensions to the database reference file. This now includes detailed decscriptions of URL-based queries with terms for:
About 50 of the 150 cross-reference databases have been annotated. Specific examples of queries are being added to the Wiki though not to the data file. In a few cases URLs support more complex queries, for example adding taxonomy to the query.
Further data resources from the ELIXIR list can be added later. Priority will be given to public data resources funded by BBSRC and to resources cross-referenced by the current set of 150 databases.
Database providers will be asked to comment on the URLs and recommend changes, additional queries to be added and obsolete URLs for removal.
All terms for datatype, format and query term should be from the EDAM ontology, which will be extended as the file is populated. Jon proposed a set of new applications to use the database data file.
Since the release, Alan reported only a few installation problems were raised and these were X11 configuration issues where the new configure script correctly identified the cause.
Alan will prepare configurations for the new workstations. We do not yet have a delivery date.
Peter will now concentrate on generating the include files.
Jon will test word and other format conversions.
Alan and Mahmut will review the Jemboss sections.
Jon will add 2 new master documents for a comprehensive programmer reference manual with all the library documentation, and a user reference manual with all the application documentation.
The wEMBOSS section of the user guide has been updated.
The xml/sections files have the latest notes of the reviews needed.
Peter has set up wiki templates for output file formats with the application default format passed to the template. Similar templates can be used where variables are to be passed, for example the package name and version for EMBASSY package installation instructions.
Jon suggested fully annotating the ACD files with EDAM terms and adding them to the SoapLab ACD parser before the meeting.