The Future of the Pathway Interaction Database (PID)
March 29, 2014
The Pathway Interaction Database (PID) is a collection of biomolecular interactions and events involving signaling and regulatory pathways that have been curated from the peer-reviewed literature. Users are able to browse through biomolecular interactions, run computational analyses, or synthesize and combine interactions to establish novel pathways. Begun as a collaborative project between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in 2006, the database serves as a freely available resource for the cancer-research community and other researchers interested in cellular pathways.
There has been some concern expressed about the longevity of PID. Although the collaboration between NCI and NPG ended in September 2012, NCI has no intention of retiring PID and will continue its maintenance, thereby retaining it as an operational resource for researchers. The following interview with Dr. Daoud Meerzaman highlights PID’s continued focus and its future direction.