BIOSERVICES: a Python package to access biological web services programmaticaly¶
|Citations:||If you use BioServices, please cite Cokelaer et al, Bioinformatics (2013). See bioinformatics link for details.|
Overview and Installation¶
BioServices is a Python package that provides access to many Bioinformatics Web Services (e.g., UniProt) and a framework to easily implement Web Service wrappers (based on WSDL/SOAP or REST protocols).
The primary goal of BioServices is to use Python as a glue language to provide a programmatic access to Biological Web Services. By doing so, elaboration of new applications that combine several Web Services should be fostered.
One of the main philosophy of BioServices is to make use of the existing REST or SOAP/WSDL Web Services and therefore existing databases, not to re-invent new databases.
The first release of BioServices provides a wrapping to more than 18 Web Services (more if we consider BioMart and PSICQUIC portals that link to many other Web Services).
Here is a list of Web Services that can already be accessed from BioServices:
The links above refers to the official web site of each service (right column) and our reference guide (left column) that provides an exhaustive documentation. For tutorials and quick start please follow the links below.
BioServices is available on PyPi, the Python package repository. The following command should install BioServices and its dependencies automatically provided you have pip on your system:
pip install bioservices
Regarding the dependencies, BioServices depends on the following packages: BeautifulSoup4 (for parsing XML), SOAPpy and suds (to access to SOAP/WSDL services; suds is used by ChEBI only for which SOAPpy fails to correctly fetch the service) and easydev. All those packages should be installed automatically when using pip installer.
- 1. Quick Start
- 2. Tutorials
- 3. Combining BioServices with external tools
- 4. Developer Guide
- 1. Utilities
- 2. Services