Web Services at the
This project aims to
provide programmatic access to the various databases and retrieval and
analysis services EBI provides.
Web Services is an integration technology. To ensure software from
various sources work well together, this technology is built on open
standards such as Simple Object Access Protocol(SOAP), a messaging
protocol for transporting information; Web Services Description
Language (WSDL), a standard method of describing Web Services and their
capabilities.For the transport layer itself, Web Services utilise most
of the commonly available network protocols, especially Hypertext
Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
The present documentation concerns:
Allows you to retrieve entries from
various up-to-date biological databases.
to compare a novel sequence with those contained in nucleotide and
- NCBI Blast Used to compare a
novel sequence with those contained in nucleotide and protein databases.
Using cgi scripts.
Web services are supposed to replace cgi scripts. Presently I find web
services very difficult to use, lacking some options that cgi script
offer thus less powerfull, and finally with a lack of good
documentation (see more comments on WSDbfetch
I will try to document python and cgi scripts on ncbi, ebi and ensembl in a near future.
Last updated 04/04/2007. Richard Christen