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dc.contributor.authorBarsnes, Haralden_US
dc.contributor.authorVaudel, Marcen_US
dc.contributor.authorColaert, Niklaasen_US
dc.contributor.authorHelsens, Kennyen_US
dc.contributor.authorSickmann, Alberten_US
dc.contributor.authorBerven, Frode S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMartens, Lennarten_US
dc.PublishedBMC Bioinformatics 12:70en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground The growing interest in the field of proteomics has increased the demand for software tools and applications that process and analyze the resulting data. And even though the purpose of these tools can vary significantly, they usually share a basic set of features, including the handling of protein and peptide sequences, the visualization of (and interaction with) spectra and chromatograms, and the parsing of results from various proteomics search engines. Developers typically spend considerable time and effort implementing these support structures, which detracts from working on the novel aspects of their tool. Results In order to simplify the development of proteomics tools, we have implemented an open-source support library for computational proteomics, called compomics-utilities. The library contains a broad set of features required for reading, parsing, and analyzing proteomics data. compomics-utilities is already used by a long list of existing software, ensuring library stability and continued support and development. Conclusions As a user-friendly, well-documented and open-source library, compomics-utilities greatly simplifies the implementation of the basic features needed in most proteomics tools. Implemented in 100% Java, compomics-utilities is fully portable across platforms and architectures. Our library thus allows the developers to focus on the novel aspects of their tools, rather than on the basic functions, which can contribute substantially to faster development, and better tools for proteomics.en_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centraleng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BYeng
dc.titleCompomics-utilities: an open-source Java library for computational proteomicsen_US
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2011 Barsnes et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.rights.holderBarsnes et al.

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