As with most biomedical databases, the first step is to identify relevant data from the research community. The Monarch Initiative is focused primarily on phenotype-related resources. We bring in data associated with those phenotypes so that our users can begin to make connections among other biological entities of interest. We import data from a variety of data sources. With many resources integrated into a single database, we can join across the various data sources to produce integrated views. We have started with the big players including ClinVar and OMIM, but are equally interested in boutique databases. You can learn more about the sources of data that populate our system from our data sources page https://monarchinitiative.org/about/sources.
We import data from a variety of data sources in formats including databases, spreadsheets, delimited text files, XML, JSON, and Web APIs, on a monthly schedule, which is placed into a Postgres database (hosted by the NIF).
Collaborations and Partners see: https://monarchinitiative.org/page/about#partner-text
The Monarch interface, data, ontologies, and API are rapidly evolving. All of our repositories are on GitHub at https://github.com/monarch-initiative.