Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 892098, 5 pages
Research Article

A Dynamic Data-Driven Framework for Biological Data Using 2D Barcodes

Department of Systems and Computer Science, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059, USA

Received 9 September 2012; Accepted 4 October 2012

Academic Editor: Xumin Liu

Copyright © 2012 Hui Li and Chunmei Liu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Biology data is increasing exponentially from biological laboratories. It is a complicated problem for further processing the data. Processing computational data and data from biological laboratories manually may lead to potential errors in further analysis. In this paper, we proposed an efficient data-driven framework to inspect laboratory equipment and reduce impending failures. Our method takes advantage of the 2D barcode technology which can be installed on the specimen as a trigger for the data-driven system. For this end, we proposed a series of algorithms to speed up the data processing. The results show that the proposed system increases the system's scalability and flexibility. Also, it demonstrates the ability of linking a physical object with digital information to reduce the manual work related to experimental specimen. The characteristics such as high capacity of storage and data management of the 2D barcode technology provide a solution to collect experimental laboratory data in a quick and accurate fashion.