Paul Groth

Department of Computer Science & The Network Institute, VU University Amsterdam

Paul Groth is an assistant professor in the Web & Media Group at the VU University of Amsterdam and a member of its Network Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (2007) and has done research at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on the web and e-Science applications. This includes research in data provenance, web science, knowledge integration and knowledge sharing. Paul was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group developing a standard for provenance interchange and is co-author of Provenance: an Introduction to PROV. Currently, he is a key contributor to Open PHACTS ( - a project to develop a provenance-enabled platform for large scale pharmacological information. He blogs at and you can find him on twitter: @pgroth .

Talk Title: 
Open PHACTS: A Data Platform for Drug Discovery
Talk Abstract: 

Data variety is a key challenge of big data. This is particularly evident in the drug discovery arena where data not only stems from multiple sources but also is of multiple heterogenous types (e.g. data about pathways, proteins, chemicals, etc.). The Open PHACTS project ( project was established to provide cohesive and integrated access to diverse pharmacology data for both public research organizations and industry.  The 29 partners of OpenPHACTS, including companies such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, GSK, Novartis, and Lilly, have together developed the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform and associated applications. In this talk, I present how we addressed key technical and social challenges in creating this data platform including business drivers, licensing, provenance, integration flexibility, and sustainability.

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