SAIL (Sample Availability System) is designed to hold phenotype availability information and meta data about samples,experiments and phenotypes, submitted by data owners or databases that contain actual measurement data. By being geared towards a complexity level that focus on describing data and availability rather than the measurements themselves, SAIL provides a way to browse and summarise complex content across diverse resources. This can be used in many different scenarios from designing new studies, understanding previous studies, and finding data and biomaterial from different cohorts that can be combined in meta-analysis studies. SAIL also contains functionality to annotate collections, with tools to create new vocabularies or use terms from standard sample ontologies, and to combine and harmonise vocabularies. The system can handle real valued data as well as availability data, which is useful to match study samples from different cohorts and to find the availability of samples in certain ranges of study parameters or measurements. The SAIL system is an easy and flexible tool for researchers and co-ordinators of sample collections to browse, understand and update large and complex content across many diverse resources to maximize their scientific value and usability.
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SAIL is released under the GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE (AGPL)
Mikhail Gostev, etc.SAIL – a software system for sample and phenotype availability across biobanks and cohorts , Bioinformatics (2010)doi: 10.1093