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Bioinformatics. 2013 Oct 15;29(20):2659-60. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btt452. Epub 2013 Aug 5.

The BioPAX Validator.

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The Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E1, Canada and Computational Biology Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

SUMMARY:

BioPAX is a community-developed standard language for biological pathway data. A key functionality required for efficient BioPAX data exchange is validation-detecting errors and inconsistencies in BioPAX documents. The BioPAX Validator is a command-line tool, Java library and online web service for BioPAX that performs >100 classes of consistency checks.

AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION:

The validator recognizes common syntactic errors and semantic inconsistencies and reports them in a customizable human readable format. It can also automatically fix some errors and normalize BioPAX data. Since its release, the validator has become a critical tool for the pathway informatics community, detecting thousands of errors and helping substantially increase the conformity and uniformity of BioPAX-formatted data. The BioPAX Validator is open source and released under LGPL v3 license. All sources, binaries and documentation can be found at sf.net/p/biopax, and the latest stable version of the web application is available at biopax.org/validator.

PMID:
23918249
PMCID:
PMC3789551
DOI:
10.1093/bioinformatics/btt452
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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