SADI plugin to Sentient Knowledge Explorer updated

A new version of the SADI plugin to IO Informatics Sentient Knowledge Explorer is available at The plugin has been updated to work with the most recent version of KE and to run more smoothly with the increasing number of SADI services in the public registry. Installation instructions are in the wiki: KnowledgeExplorerPlugin.

Personalized Medicine from a SADI perspective

The SADI Personal Health Lens: A Web Browser-Based System for Identifying Personally Relevant Drug Interactions” describes the prototype Browser-embedded SADI/SHARE workflow that we built at the end of the CANARIE funding.  The idea is to text-mine a Web page (any Web page) for health-related information using a SADI workflow, and then compare the information in that page to a local database of patient clinical data, using reasoning and services to detect things like adverse drug interactions, etc.  The Web page is then dynamically marked-up with this information such that the health information in that page becomes “personalized”.

International Innovation article on SADI/SHARE

International Innovation Healthcare just published an article on SADI/SHARE.  It’s in this edition and starts on page 75 (of the magazine, page 77 of the page-index at the bottom of the screen).

The formal SADI Spec.

This doc was prepared by Ben Vandervalk and submitted to IETF, but bounced - they felt it was out-of-scope for the IETF’s domain of interest.  It will be re-submitted to another organization who (by their rules) must remain un-named.  The content will be the same, just different formatting.

Comments are very welcome!

OWL Domain Models as Abstract Workflows

The publication from the Wilkinson lab:  OWL Domain Models as Abstract Workflows  describes how we use SADI and SHARE to generate a workflow based on a biological domain model.  The upshot is that, by creating a biological model of a piece of data of interest, SHARE can cobble-together a series of SADI services that will find/generate data that matches that model.

Example Code: SADI + SWObjects (from Eric Prud’hommeaux)

Eric and Luke have been working on making SADI and SWObjects work nicely together.  Here is some sample code from Eric’s test suite that shows how to call SADI from SWObjects:

Tim Lebo’s work on provenance info with SADI


Tim Lebo talks about how he uses SADI in DATAFAQs (..among other things ;-) )

SADI paper is out

The Semantic Automated Discovery and Integration (SADI) Web service Design-Pattern, API and Reference Implementation

Mark D Wilkinson, Benjamin Vandervalk and Luke McCarthy

 The main SADI paper is now out in the Journal of Biomedical Semantics.

Photo by peterhoneyman

SADI plugin for Taverna 2.3

The Semantic Automated Discovery and Integration (SADI) and Taverna teams are pleased to announce the release of the SADI plugin for Taverna 2.3.

SADI is a set of standards-compliant best practices that simplify interoperability between semantic Web services. The SADI codebase make it easy for people to deploy services that adhere to the SADI framework practices. The SADI plugin allows semantic services to be accessed from Taverna. The plugin has been developed by the SADI team (with the support of the Genome Canada Bioinformatics Platform).

The SADI plugin is available as a prototype plugin. For details on how to install plugins see:

Documentation on the SADI plugin, including a link to a tutorial on SlideShare is available on the SADI wiki:

If you have any problems or questions about the SADI plugin or need help, please contact

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