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First CORBA Standards Get Approval from OMG

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AMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Object Management Group announced that its board of directors has adopted a CORBA software standard for biological sequence analysis and genomic maps. The standards have been developed by the OMG’s Life Sciences Research Domain Task Force, an industry group that includes representatives from a number of biotech and bioinformatics companies.

The next phase for both technology adoptions is implementation, said David Benton, chairman of the domain task force and a member of SmithKline Beecham’s advanced information technology department. Vendors involved have previously agreed to introduce products using adopted specifications one year from the OMG approval date. During the implementation phase, each adopted technology has a Finalization Task Force, which is responsible for resolving ambiguities, errors, and inconsistencies in the specifications.

At the next OMG meeting, March 6-10 in Denver, initial submissions in response to two requests for proposals, the bibliographic query service and macromolecular structure specifications, will be presented and evaluated. Four new RFPs--chemical structure access and representation; gene expression; clinical trials laboratory data interchange; and entity identification--will be issued then.

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