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Human Genome News Archive Edition

Human Genome News, September 1994; 6(3):3

LBL WWW Software Tools

Members of the Data Management Research and Development Group at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) have developed a suite of software tools for defining, browsing, and manipulating data in genomic databases. These tools are based on the Object-Protocol Model (OPM) of I-Min A. Chen and Victor M. Markowitz. OPM allows users to model objects and protocols specific to genomic database applications, specify protocols in terms of alternative sequences of steps, and define different database views. OPM and the OPM tools are being used to develop version 6 of the Genome Data Base and are extended with interdatabase cross-reference and data-versioning facilities.

The OPM data-management tools, which target relational database management systems such as Sybase 10 and Oracle 7, include:

  • a graphical editor for specifying OPM schemas,
  • a translator of OPM schemas into relational database schemas and SQL queries,
  • a graphical data-browsing and data-entry tool, and
  • a tool for converting definitions of existing relational database schemas into OPM schema definitions.

Tools, documents, and examples are available via WWW using the URL To be notified of future releases, contact

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Human Genome Project 1990–2003

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