Biological pathway data formats and standards

Ramakanth C. Venkata, Dario Ghersi

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High-throughput technologies have led to an explosion of biological data with a corresponding proliferation of data formats, particularly in the case of biological pathways. A lack of standardization for data representation and exchange makes it challenging to combine and integrate different resources and data types. Fortunately, over the years the community has focused on a few specialized data formats and standards that are supported by a variety of software platforms. This article provides an overview of several widely used biological pathway data formats and standards, highlighting their unique features and the domain of application for which they are best suited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Subtitle of host publicationABC of Bioinformatics
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780128114322
ISBN (Print)9780128114148
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • BioPax
  • Biological pathways
  • Data formats
  • Data standards
  • KEGG
  • KGML
  • OWL
  • PSI-MI
  • SBGN
  • SBML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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