The Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) is an open software and data platform that aims to enable researchers to predict and ultimately design biological function. KBase’s unified data model allows users to perform integrated analyses across plants, microbes, and their communities with a wide range of tools that interoperate across the tree of life, and to publish their data, methods, results and thoughts in persistent, citable, executable, and reusable electronic narratives that allow scientists to build on the work of others. KBase's open platform will enable external developers to integrate their analysis tools, facilitating distribution, comparative tool analysis, and access to enterprise-class computing.
These collaborations benefit KBase users and SFAs alike through the development and implementation of new and exciting tools. To make the process of adding the SFA’s tools to KBase flow smoothly, each collaboration begins with a week-long in-person software development kit (SDK) training session. This is followed by continual developmental support to ensure SFAs are able to build, test, and deploy Apps on the KBase platform. See also: KBase SFA Overview