GO-CAM Conference Call - 2019-06-25

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Call Information

  • See GO's Google calendar for Zoom URL
  • email Kimberly if you need access to the GO's Google calendar


Annotation History Tracking

  • Review how groups track and use annotation history
  • Need use-cases to make sure we are capturing what people really need in Noctua
    • Important for future Noctua use
    • Important for the MOD imports
  • Need to know:
    • Type of information tracked
      • Is every change recorded over time or only a subset of changes?
    • How the information is accessed/viewed
      • In the curation tool?
      • Via database queries?
      • Via reports or notifications, e.g. email?
    • When the information is used in the curation process
      • To assign curators for annotation review?
      • To record history of annotation practice?
      • To help prepare progress reports?
      • To track curator work?


  • On call: Chris, David, Giulia, Harold, Helen, Judy, Karen, Kimberly, Laurent-Philippe, Li, Marie-Claire, Midori, Monika, Pascale, Rob, Sabrina, Seth, Shur-Jen, Stacia, Suzi A, Tanya

Annotation History Tracking

  • The following groups presented on how their annotation tool captures history and what they use it for:
    • dictyBase
    • FlyBase
    • MGI
    • PomBase
    • RGD
    • SGD
    • TAIR (spreadsheet only)
    • WB
    • Zfin
  • The specifics for each group are captured in the spreadsheet, but generally:
    • Most groups track some degree of history, even if it is just the first and last curator and date to touch an annotation
    • Most groups seem to use annotation history in some way to keep track of curator work/effort
    • Protein2GO has the most granular annotation tracking and query system
    • In addition to tracking all annotation changes through time, many groups have a way to leave comments on annotations or papers
      • Comment are largely for internal use, not for other GO consumers
      • Comments may include annotation justification, curation project info, types of experiments, e.g. HTP, notes about gene models
      • Some structure to comments may be helpful, at least wrt classifying comment type
    • Annotation history information is used by some groups to generate reports on what annotations have been created, changed, deleted