Web services (Application Programming Interface – API)
Increasing numbers of organisations have the capability to utilise web services. A programmable interface to the Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) resource will permit clients’ own information systems to retrieve data from it in response to searches created by their own software.
Web services will answer questions addressed by the MPNS portal or validation service but, rather than requiring human interaction, will be triggered by prompts from the clients’ database. Our clients will obtain precisely the information they need, as and when they need it, and in a format for use within their own systems. They might display a list of names (extracted from the MPNS resource) on their website, for example, just as if these data were part of their own database; they might employ that list to undertake deep searches of multiple other resources.
Web services will save our clients’ database managers having to download data from the MPNS resource and will avoid them needing to predict their future data needs, since they will have access to the entire resource when required.
- Pharmaceutical publishers might use MPNS web services to provide intelligent indexing to their entire on-line resource and link all resources referring to a given plant regardless of the scientific plant names used.
- By using MPNS web services, important research resources in natural products, biomedical resources and conservation would improve the ability of researchers to find data.
- Our web services will enable the users of systems supported by MPNS to undertake more intelligent searches of the internet: entering one plant name and finding all published information regardless of what name was used in the original publication.
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