The Open PHACTS Discovery Platform provides a commercial-grade API for you to develop new and exciting ways to make use of the datasets integrated in the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform.
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What is Open PHACTS?
The Open PHACTS Discovery Platform brings together data from multiple publicly available sources of pharmacological and physicochemical information, in order to streamline research and drug discovery processes. The data is integrated into a consolidated triple store, which can be accessed via applications or workflow tools which make use of the Open PHACTS API.
For more information about how Open PHACTS helps streamline pharmacological research, see Open PHACTS for Researchers.
How does Open PHACTS work?
Open PHACTS is based upon the assimilation of data already stored as triples, in the form subject-predicate-object, present in various stable, publicly-available databases.
To link the databases featured in the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform, a community specification known as Vocabulary of Interlinked Datasets (VoID) is used. This records versions, author and derivation of data, and allows all data provenance to be easily tracked.
The Open PHACTS Discovery Platform uses databases of physicochemical and pharmacological properties, with chemistry normalised by ChemSpider, to create a main data cache (Virtuoso Triple Store). The Large Knowledge Collider (LarKC) links data via the Identity Mapping Service and ConceptWiki, to create a central Linked Data Application Programming Interface (API) composed of interoperable data.