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EBI, SBML Team Launch Database of Annotated Biological Models

NEW YORK, April 11 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory today announced the launch of BioModels, a database of annotated biological models created through a collaboration with the SBML (Systems Biology Markup Language) team.


"Until now, computer modellers had no defined way of exchanging descriptions of biological systems, and there was no accepted place to deposit and share new models when they were developed," Nicolas Le Novere, of the EBI, said in a statement. "The BioModels database aims to address these issues."


Developing the database involved establishing a standard way of describing biological models, said EBI. This task fell to the SBML team, which created the Systems Biology Markup Language, an open-source computer language.


"The next logical step was to build a community resource that would allow anyone to submit, download, and reuse the models," Michael Hucka, a California Institute of Technology researcher and head of the SBML team, said. "That's the purpose of the BioModels database."


"Ultimately, we hope that publishers will encourage any author who plans to publish a new model to submit it to the BioModels database," Le Novere added. "This will ensure that all the models in the public domain are freely available for everyone to make the most of them."


Also contributing to the development of BioModels was the Keck Graduate Institute, the Systems Biology Institute in Japan, and StellenboschUniversity in South Africa.


The database is available here.

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