Compact Identifier services in the cloud

Bioinformatics. 2021 Jul 19;37(12):1781-1782. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa864.


Motivation: Since its launch in 2010, has become an important tool for the annotation and cross-referencing of Life Science data. In 2016, we established the Compact Identifier (CID) scheme (prefix: accession) to generate globally unique identifiers for data resources using their locally assigned accession identifiers. Since then, we have developed and improved services to support the growing need to create, reference and resolve CIDs, in systems ranging from human readable text to cloud-based e-infrastructures, by providing high availability and low-latency cloud-based services, backed by a high-quality, manually curated resource.

Results: We describe a set of services that can be used to construct and resolve CIDs in Life Sciences and beyond. We have developed a new front end for accessing the registry data and APIs to simplify integration of CID services with third-party applications. We have also deployed the new infrastructure in a commercial cloud environment, bringing our services closer to the data.

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Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Science Disciplines*
  • Cloud Computing
  • Humans