SBOL: A community standard for communicating designs in synthetic biology

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Galdzicki, Michal; Wilson, Mandy L.; Rodriguez, Cesar A.; Oberortner, Ernst; Pocock, Matthew; Adam, Laura; Anderson, J. Christopher; Bartley, Bryan A.; Beal, Jacob; Chandran, Deepak; Chen, Joanna; Densmore, Douglas; Endy, Drew; Grünberg, Raik; Hallinan, Jennifer; Hillson, Nathan J.; Huang, Haiyao; Johnson, Jeffrey D.; Kuchinsky, Allan; Lux, Matthew; Misirli, Goksel; Myers, Chris J.; Peccoud, Jean; Plahar, Hector A.; Roehner, Nicholas; Sirin, Evren; Stan, Guy-Bart; Villalobos, Alan; Wipat, Anil; Gennari, John H.; Sauro, Herbert M. (2013): SBOL: A community standard for communicating designs in synthetic biology. figshare.
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The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) is a proposed data standard for exchanging designs within the synthetic biology community. SBOL represents synthetic biology designs in a community-adopted, formalized format for exchange between software tools, research groups, and commercial service providers. The re-use of previously validated designs is critical to the evolution of synthetic biology from a research discipline to an engineering practice. As a community-driven standard, SBOL adapts as synthetic biology evolves, providing specific capabilities for different aspects of the synthetic biology workflow. The SBOL Developers Group has implemented SBOL 1.1 as an XML/RDF serialization and provides software libraries and specification documentation to help developers implement SBOL in their own software. This paper also reports on early successes, including a demonstration of the utility of SBOL for information exchange between three different tools from three academic sites.



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  • Michal Galdzicki
  • Mandy L. Wilson
  • Cesar A. Rodriguez
  • Ernst Oberortner
  • Matthew Pocock
  • Laura Adam
  • J. Christopher Anderson
  • Bryan A. Bartley
  • Jacob Beal
  • Deepak Chandran
  • Joanna Chen
  • Douglas Densmore
  • Drew Endy
  • Raik Grünberg
  • Jennifer Hallinan
  • Nathan J. Hillson
  • Haiyao Huang
  • Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Allan Kuchinsky
  • Matthew Lux
  • Goksel Misirli
  • Chris J. Myers
  • Jean Peccoud
  • Hector A. Plahar
  • Nicholas Roehner
  • Evren Sirin
  • Guy-Bart Stan
  • Alan Villalobos
  • Anil Wipat
  • John H. Gennari
  • Herbert M. Sauro


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