Paul Thomas Groth, Antonis Loizou, Alasdair J. G. Gray, Carole Goble, Lee Harland and Steve Pettifer, API-Centric Linked Data Integration: the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform Case Study, Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web, to appear, 2014.
Data integration is a key challenge faced in pharmacology where there are numerous heterogenous databases spanning multiple domains (e.g., chemistry and biology). To address this challenge, the Open PHACTS consortium has developed the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform that leverages Linked Data to provide integrated access to pharmacology databases. Between its launch in April 2013 and March 2014, the platform has been accessed over 13.5 million times and has multiple applications that integrate with it. In this work, we discuss how Application Programming Interfaces can extend the classical Linked Data Application Architecture to facilitate data integration. Additionally, we show how the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform implements this extended architecture.