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README.md

Biolink Model Python 3.7 Build Status DOI Join the chat at https://gitter.im/biolink-model/community Regenerate Biolink Model Artifacts Deploy Documentation

Biolink Model

Quickstart docs:

Refer to the following resources for a quick introduction to the Biolink Model:

See also Biolink Model Guidelines for understanding, curating, and working with the model.

Introduction

The purpose of the Biolink Model is to provide a high-level datamodel of biological entities (genes, diseases, phenotypes, pathways, individuals, substances, etc), their properties, relationships, and enumerate ways in which they can be associated.

The representation is independent of storage technology or metamodel (Solr documents, neo4j/property graphs, RDF/OWL, JSON, CSVs, etc). Different mappings to each of these are provided.

The specification of the Biolink Model is a single YAML file built using biolinkml. The basic elements of the YAML are:

  • Class Definitions: definitions of upper level classes representing both 'named thing' and 'association'
  • Slot Definitions: definitions of slots (aka properties) that can be used to relate members of these classes to other classes or data types. Slots collectively refer to predicates, node properties, and edge properties

The model itself is being used in the following projects:

Organization

The main source of truth is biolink-model.yaml. This is a YAML file that is intended to be relatively simple to view and edit in its native form.

The yaml definition is currently used to derive:

Make and build instructions

Prerequisites: Python 3.7+ and pipenv

To install pipenv,

pip3 install pipenv

To install the project,

make install

To regenerate artifacts from the Biolink Model YAML,

make

Note: the Makefile requires the following dependencies to be installed:

jsonschema

jsonschema

Generally install using

pip3 install jsonschema

jsonschema2pojo

jsonschema2pojo

If you are on a Mac, it can be installed using brew:

brew install jsonschema2pojo

For other OS environments, download the latest release then extract it into your execution path.

GraphViz

See GraphViz site for installation in your operating system.

How do I use Biolink Model YAML programatically?

For operations such as CURIE lookup, finding class by synonyms, get parents, get ancestors, etc. please make use of biolink-model-toolkit. It provides a convenience methods for traversing Biolink Model.