Browser extension for accessing open data in the biomedical domain.
Vasts amounts of biomedical data are stored in open databases and knowledge-bases. These resources are intended to provide findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable information (FAIR). However, in day-to-day research, finding relevant information can be a challenge, partly because the data are distributed across many resources.
FAIR-biomed is a productivity tool that works inside a web browser. It brings a range of open-data resources - on genes, disease, genomic regions, variants - to any web-page. It is available as an extension for Chrome or an add-on for Firefox.
Once installed, the extension is active on all web pages. Highlight some text, for example, a gene name. Press
Ctr+Shift+Z on the keyboard, or right-click with the mouse and select
FAIR-biomed search. A box should appear with suggestions of the biomedical data sources that might have more data pertaining to the highlighted text.
Clicking one of the options will trigger a query to the selected data service. A summary of the result will appear right-away, without the need to change browser tabs or to decipher external data portals.