One of the grand challenges in our networked world are the large, complex, and often weakly structured data sets along with the massive amounts of unstructered information. This "big data" challenge (V4 Challenge: Volume, Variety, Velocity, Veracity) is most evident in the biomedical domain: the trend towards personalized medicine (P4 Medicine: Predictive, Preventative, Participatory, Personalized) has resulted in an explosion in the amount of generated biomedical data sets- in particular Omics data (e.g. from genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, microbiomics, fluxomics, phenomics, etc.). This supplement is a special collection of 7 peer reviewed articles carefully selected to provide an overview of this novel, emerging and important new area.
Citation: BMC Bioinformatics 2014 15(Suppl 6):I1