BioC interoperability track overview

Database (Oxford). 2014 Jun 30:2014:bau053. doi: 10.1093/database/bau053. Print 2014.


BioC is a new simple XML format for sharing biomedical text and annotations and libraries to read and write that format. This promotes the development of interoperable tools for natural language processing (NLP) of biomedical text. The interoperability track at the BioCreative IV workshop featured contributions using or highlighting the BioC format. These contributions included additional implementations of BioC, many new corpora in the format, biomedical NLP tools consuming and producing the format and online services using the format. The ease of use, broad support and rapidly growing number of tools demonstrate the need for and value of the BioC format. Database URL:

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Computational Biology*
  • Data Mining*
  • Database Management Systems
  • Databases, Factual
  • Internet
  • Natural Language Processing*
  • Software*