Computer technologies applied

The main project data repository was established with use of the Microsoft SQL server 2000™ working on a Dell Power Edge™ server running operating system Microsoft Windows 2003™. Templates of documents for the data transfer were produced with use of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel packages. The data submission site was established on Dell Power Edge server running Microsoft Win dows 2003 and Internet Information Services. The online data submission and data access sites were created using Microsoft Visual Studio 2000™ and written in language C#. Data integration procedures were written either in C# or as stored procedures in the MS SQL server native language.

We thank all the participating laboratories for their dedication to this project, Yin Xu of the University of Michigan for data analytical support, and Rolf Apweiler of the European Bioinformatics Institute for overall guidance. We acknowledge support from the National Institutes of Health and from the multiple corporate partners of the Human Proteome Organization Plasma Proteome Project. L.M. would like to thank Kris Gevaert and Joel VandeKerckhove for their useful comments and support. L.M. is a research assistant of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (Belgium), F.W.O. - Vlaanderen.

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