Software support for SBGN maps: SBGN-ML and LibSBGN

Martijn P. Van Iersel, Alice C. Villéger, Tobias Czauderna, Sarah E. Boyd, Frank T. Bergmann, Augustin Luna, Emek Demir, Anatoly Sorokin, Ugur Dogrusoz, Yukiko Matsuoka, Akira Funahashi, Mirit I. Aladjem, Huaiyu Mi, Stuart L. Moodie, Hiroaki Kitano, Nicolas Le novère, Falk Schreiber

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Motivation: LibSBGN is a software library for reading, writing and manipulating Systems Biology Graphical Notation (SBGN) maps stored using the recently developed SBGN-ML file format. The library (available in C++ and Java) makes it easy for developers to add SBGN support to their tools, whereas the file format facilitates the exchange of maps between compatible software applications. The library also supports validation of maps, which simplifies the task of ensuring compliance with the detailed SBGN specifications. With this effort we hope to increase the adoption of SBGN in bioinformatics tools, ultimately enabling more researchers to visualize biological knowledge in a precise and unambiguous manner.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbts270
Pages (from-to)2016-2021
Number of pages6
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics


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