EMBL-EBI, programmatically - take a REST from manual searching: EBI Search


 Tuesday 28 November 201715:00 16:00 (Europe/London)


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Melissa Burke

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This webinar is part of our series EMBL-EBI, programmatically: take a REST from manual searches.

EBI Search is a scalable text search engine that provides easy and uniform access to the biological data resources hosted at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

EBI Search can be accessed programmatically using the RESTful Web Service API. The API can also be integrated into third-party portals, thus providing 'Search as a Service' capabilities. This service has been available since June 2014 and was developed in response to demand from developers.

The methods and functionality provided by the RESTful Web Service API can be grouped into four main types:

  • 'meta-data' (i.e. retrieving information about searchable data resources);
  • 'search and retrieval' functionality;
  • 'navigation' (i.e. exploring cross-references) and
  • 'filtering' (i.e. narrowing down results using facets).

This webinar will provide an overview of the EBI Search RESTful API: "Search as a Service" and practical examples of the use of RESTful API.

This webinar took place on Tuesday 28th November.  You can watch the recording in Train online.

Other webinars in the series:

There are several other webinars in this series. They include an introduction to programmatic access and three other resource-based webinars featuring Ensembl, UniProt and PDBe that demonstrate how to perform key biological tasks programmatically. You do not need to watch all of the webinars; you can dip in and out and watch only the webinars you are interested in.


Date Title Register/Watch
9th May EMBL-EBI, programmatically: an introduction  Watch
23rd May Europe PMC, programmatically Watch
6th June Ensembl, programmatically Watch
20th June UniProt, programmatically Watch
4th July PDBe, programmatically Watch
12th July ChEMBL, programmatically Watch
18th July Sequence analysis tools, programmatically Watch
21st November European Variation Archive, programmatically Watch
28th November EBI Search, programmatically Watch
5th December Open Targets, programmatically Watch

 Missed a webinar? Catch up in Train online.


This webinar if for those who want to learn about accessing the EBI Search programmatically. Some prior knowledge of programmatic access and common programming languages is recommended. This webinar focuses on REST-based APIs but information and links to other methods will be provided. If you are new to programmatic access we recommend that you watch the introductory webinar first.