MIME Media Type for the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) (RFC3823)
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-23
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This document registers the MIME sub-type application/sbml+xml, a media type for SBML, the Systems Biology Markup Language. SBML is defined by The SBML Team at the California Institute of Technology and interested members of the systems biology community.
Network Working Group B. Kovitz
Request for Comments: 3823 Caltech
Category: Informational June 2004
MIME Media Type for the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML)
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Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004).
This document registers the MIME sub-type application/sbml+xml, a
media type for SBML, the Systems Biology Markup Language. SBML is
defined by The SBML Team at the California Institute of Technology
and interested members of the systems biology community.
SBML is an XML format for representing and exchanging models of
biochemical reaction networks used in systems biology. SBML:
o enables researchers in systems biology to use multiple tools, such
as simulators, editors, differential-equation solvers, and
visualizers, on a single model without rewriting the model for
o enables researchers and publishers to make models available on-
line to other researchers even if they use a different software
o enables models, and the intellectual effort put into them, to
survive beyond the lifetime of the software tools used to create
Currently, about 60 software applications use SBML, and researchers
are using these applications to develop quantitative and qualitative
computational models, mostly in cell biology. In addition, several
consortia and alliances have standardized SBML as their model
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RFC 3823 Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) June 2004
definition language. The SBML community hopes that a standardized
MIME media type will help researchers share models on a larger scale,
drawing more heavily on the capabilities of the world-wide web.
A detailed exposition of SBML and its uses within the systems biology
community is available in references [HUCKA2003], [FINNEY2003], and
2. IANA Registration
This section registers application/sbml+xml as a MIME media type
according to the parameters set forth in [RFC2048].
MIME media type name: application
MIME subtype name: sbml+xml
Required parameters: none.
Optional parameters: none.
There is no charset parameter. Character handling has identical
semantics to the case where the charset parameter of the