"Last week, IBM announced it contributed its implementation of
the Life Sciences Identifier (LSID) Resolver software to open
source. The XML software provides a common way to name and find
biological data, meeting a need of many pharmaceutical, biological
and other organizations dealing with an increasingly diverse
onslaught of data, both behind the firewall and on the Web.
"Sun Microsystems is another major player pledged to support
LSID, which is a standard promoted by the Interoperable Informatics
Infrastructure Consortium (I3C).
"'The challenge within the life sciences industry, whether its
biological or chemical, is we desperately need more
interoperability around informatics,' said Mike Svinte, VP
Worldwide marketing and Business Development for
IBMâ€™s Life Sciences group..."