BioUML is an open source integrated Java platform for building virtual cell and virtual physiological human. It spans a comprehensive range of capabilities, including access to databases with experimental data, tools for formalized description of biological systems structure and functioning, as well as tools for their visualization, simulation, parameters fitting and analyses. Due to scripts (R, JavaScript) and workflow support it provides powerful possibilities for analyses of high-throughput data. The plug-in based architecture (Eclipse run time from IBM is used) allows to add new functionality using plug-ins.

BioUML consists of 3 parts:

  • BioUML server – provides access to data and analyses methods installed on the server side for BioUML clients (workbench and web edition) via the Internet.
  • BioUML workbench – Java application that can work standalone or as “thick” client for BioUML server.
  • BioUML web edition – “thin” client for BioUML server (you just need to start web browser) that provides most of functionality of BioUML workbench. It uses AJAX and HTML5 <canvas> technology for visual modeling and interactive data editing.