Security-oriented portals for the life sciences
AuthorSinnott, R. O.; Doherty, T.; JIANG, J.; McCafferty, S.; Stell, A.; Watt, J.
Source TitleFirst International Workshop on Portals for Life Sciences
PublisherOxford University Press
AffiliationComputing and Information Systems
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsSinnott, R. O., Doherty, T., Jiang, J., McCafferty, S., Stell, A., & Watt, J. (2009). Security-oriented portals for the life sciences. In First International Workshop on Portals for Life Sciences, Edinburgh, UK.
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of the authors. © 2009 R. O. Sinnott, T. Doherty, J. Jiang, S. McCafferty, A. Stell & J.Watt
Motivation: The life sciences are broad in scope and cover multi- and inter-disciplinary domains as well as the biological domain. These domains can for example involve researchers from the clinical, social, geo-spatial and computer sciences amongst others, e.g. in understanding genetic variations across a population as might be undertaken through a genome-wide association study. Given, this it is essential that portals for these communities are targeted to the individual expertise of the particular domain scientists. Thus tools available to a bioinformatician through a portal might well be meaningless to a social scientist and vice versa. Furthermore certain domains demand that fine-grained access control on data is supported. In this paper we outline how a portfolio of life science related projects at the National e-Science Centre (NeSC) at the University of Glasgow have benefited from security-oriented portals focused upon ease of access, configuration and usage, where data providers are assumed to be autonomous and able to make their own local fine-grained access control decisions. We describe the basic technologies that underlie these solutions and outline specific case studies in their application in the areas of depression, self-harm and suicide, and in the area of paediatric endocrinology focusing in particular on rare diseases associated with sex development.
Keywordslife sciences; portals; data; access control
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