Linux Foundation And OpenBEL Collaboration Has Potential To Advance Science

Ginny Skalski | | August 28, 2013

A new Linux Foundation Collaborative Project has the potential to advance science through the use of open source software.

The Linux Foundation announced this week that it is joining forces with the life sciences information framework OpenBEL, an open source software project that captures, integrates, stores, and shares biological knowledge through organizations.

OpenBEL uses the Biological Expression Language (BEL), a language that represents scientific findings from the life sciences in a computable form. The BEL framework allows organizations to merge findings from disparate sources into a central place. This is helpful in life sciences, where researchers don't necessarily need help collecting data, but rather need a way to make their data exchangeable and actionable.