MultiCellDS (Multicellular data standard), an outgrowth of the earlier MultiCellXML project, aims to create a data standard for sharing multicellular experimental, simulation, and clinical data. Our ultimate goal is to foster a community that develops user-friendly tools that can read, write, and recombine data into better analyses and simulations for multicellular biology and predictive medicine. As part of this effort, we are developing MultiCellDB: a repository for a curated libary of digital cell lines and peer-reviewed simulation, experimental, and clinical data.
A novel part of MultiCellDS is the digital cell line: a digital analogue of experimental cell lines that will help to collect biophysical cell line measurements coming from many research groups and make them readily accessible to an ecosystem of compatible computational tools. You can learn more about digital cell lines and other core ideas on this page.
We are currently preparing a draft of the upcoming MultiCellDS 1.0 specification. Having completed multiple rounds of comment and review by a multidisciplinary review panel and the general public, we target an December 2016 release of the data specification and software support tools. See the roadmap for further information on this process.
In meantime, please keep an eye on this site and our @MultiCellDS Twitter feed for further updates and developments. We look forward to building the MultiCellDS community, and we hope that you'll be a part of it!
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