Biologists face two problems in interpreting their
experiments: the integration of their data with information from
multiple heterogeneous sources and data analysis with
bioinformatics tools. The amount of data contained in sources
and the numbers of sources and tools have increased
exponentially over the last few years. Source selection and the
choice of tools are therefore of prime importance, but it is
difficult for users to make these choices without assistance.
Following a thorough analysis of scientists' needs
querying process, we found that biologists express
preferences concerning the sources to be queried and the tools used.
Interviews also showed that the querying process itself -- the
strategy followed -- differs between scientists. In response to
these findings, we have developed the BioGuide system. BioGuide
helps the scientists choose suitable sources and tools, find
complementary information in sources, and deal with divergent
data. It is generic in that it can be adapted by each user to
provide answers respecting the user's preferences, and obtained
following his or her strategies (Publications).
BioGuide is available for use!