Where does AnIML come from?
AnIML is based on XML. This has several benefits. First, many tools for XML manipulation are readily available off-the-shelf, making implementation easier. Second, as XML is a text-based format, AnIML documents are human-readable – an important aspect for long-term storage.
While AnIML has its roots in analytical chemistry, efforts have been made to make the standard applicable to many other scientific domains. AnIML is being developed by the ASTM E13.15 subcommittee on analytical data which consists of volunteers from industrial, academic, government and vendor communities.