Advocacy & Outreach Progress Report for October 2008

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  • Co-ordinated by Jane Lomax and Jennifer Deegan (EBI, Hinxton). Contributions from many members of GO consortium.

GO helpdesk

  • Central email address from all GO queries. Person on duty responsible for answering the email, or forwarding the email to appropriate person and ensuring it’s answered.

GO helpdesk staff

Rachael Huntley, Emily Dimmer, David Hill, Jane Lomax, Kimberly Van Auken, Midori Harris, Amelia Ireland, Tanya Berardini, Eurie Hong, Jennifer Deegan.

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Annotation Outreach

New annotation groups:

The Swiss-Prot group in Geneva, headed by Amos Bairoch has committed to start contributing GO annotations from a large range of species 9 to 12 months from now. This is a major contribution, and will further help to fill in the annotation gap for those species that do not currently have MODs or funding for GO annotation.

Community annotation sets:

Paul Dobson of the University of Manchester (UK) contributed a very comprehensive and well researched set of GO-style annotations for drug transport gene products on rat, human and mouse. These have been passed on to the relevant MODs for conversion to actual GO annotations.

Annotation training in the community:

By its nature, annotation outreach involves staff members giving a number of talks and training sessions in the community. Highlights in this period are shown below.

Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) Training Workshop

By Trudy Torto-Alalibo, Michelle Gwinn-Giglio, Candace Collmer.
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
July 14-16, 2008

ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) Plant Biology Meeting,

TAIR Training Workshops, By Donghui Li and Tanya Berardini. June 29 2008, Merida Mexico

19th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research

TAIR Training Workshops, By Donghui Li and Tanya Berardini. July 23 2008, Montreal Canada

Dictyostelium meeting in Japan

In September, Petra Fey of DictyBase presented a talk on GO at a Dictyostelium meeting in Japan.

European Muscle Congress

Paolo Lavader of CRIBI presented a GO annotation poster.
13-16 September 2008 at Keble College, Oxford, UK.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s Plant-Associated Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) Training Workshop took place at Blacksburg, VA, July 14-16, 2008
Candace Collmer of PAMGO visited four universities in the People’s Republic of China during May-June, 2008. She presented a talk entitled, “Comparative genomics of plant pathogens: How new Gene Ontology (GO) terms facilitate the study of microbe-host interactions” at Nanjing Agricultural University, Hangzhou University, and Shang Jiaotong University in Shanghai.

Candace Collmer of PAMGO presented a Poster, and “Flash and Dash” presentation entitled “Using the universal language of Gene Ontology (GO) to annotate gene products involved in the interactions between microbes and their hosts” at the annual (Centennial) meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, Minneapolis, MN, July 26-30, 2008. Authors on the poster were: Collmer, C. W.,Torto-Alalibo, T.,Lindeberg, M.,Chibucos, M., Gwinn-Giglio, M., Biehl, B., Ireland, A., Lomax, J., Bird, D., Collmer, A., Dean, R., Glasner, J., Hannick, L.., Mitchell, T., Perna, N., Setubal, J., White, O., Tyler, B. M. (Candace Collmer)


Rachael Huntley of GO presented a talk "The Gene Ontology Annotation (GOA) Database: central resource for multi-species GO annotation" at the Eurofungbase meeting "Fungal Biology and Biotechnology in the Genomic Era" held in Feliu de Guixols, Spain. 22-24 October 2008. (possible new annotation group).