The ProteoRed MIAPE web toolkit: a user-friendly framework to connect and share proteomics standards

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2011 Oct;10(10):M111.008334. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M111.008334.


The development of the HUPO-PSI's (Proteomics Standards Initiative) standard data formats and MIAPE (Minimum Information About a Proteomics Experiment) guidelines should improve proteomics data sharing within the scientific community. Proteomics journals have encouraged the use of these standards and guidelines to improve the quality of experimental reporting and ease the evaluation and publication of manuscripts. However, there is an evident lack of bioinformatics tools specifically designed to create and edit standard file formats and reports, or embed them within proteomics workflows. In this article, we describe a new web-based software suite (The ProteoRed MIAPE web toolkit) that performs several complementary roles related to proteomic data standards. First, it can verify that the reports fulfill the minimum information requirements of the corresponding MIAPE modules, highlighting inconsistencies or missing information. Second, the toolkit can convert several XML-based data standards directly into human readable MIAPE reports stored within the ProteoRed MIAPE repository. Finally, it can also perform the reverse operation, allowing users to export from MIAPE reports into XML files for computational processing, data sharing, or public database submission. The toolkit is thus the first application capable of automatically linking the PSI's MIAPE modules with the corresponding XML data exchange standards, enabling bidirectional conversions. This toolkit is freely available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / standards
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Internet
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Proteomics / standards*
  • Publishing / standards
  • Software*
  • Statistics as Topic*