WikiPathways is an open collaborative platform dedicated to the curation of biological pathways. WikiPathways presents a new model for pathway databases that enhances and complements ongoing efforts, such as Pathway Commons, Reactome and KEGG.
Why pathways? Strictly speaking, one could argue that pathways don't exist... there are only networks. Nonetheless, pathways are useful. Biological pathways provide intuitive views of the myriad of interactions underlying biological processes.
WikiPathways team works on enabling storing diagrams in the Systems Biology Graphical Notation standard to make possible using WikiPathways as a collaborative environment for exchange, comparison and improvement of disease map modules.
Together with many other collaborators, the Disease Maps Project and WikiPathways work on the concept of reusable modules for efficient collaboration and avoiding duplicated efforts.
|Alexander Pico, PhD
Gladstone Institutes, University of California, San Francisco, United States
Executive Director, National Resource for Network Biology (NRNB); Associate Director, Leader of the Systems Biology Group for Gladstone Bioinformatics; Cofounder of WikiPathways