TAIR December 2016
TAIR, The Arabidopsis Information Resource, December 2016
1. Staff working on GOC tasks
Tanya Berardini (0.35 FTE), Donghui Li (0.3 FTE), Leonore Reiser (0.5 FTE)
The total number of FTE working on GOC tasks is 1.15.
2. Annotation progress
Dates are 12/15 = 12/31/2015 and 12/16 = 12/31/2016.
Table 1: Number of Annotations to Various GO Aspects
|Annotations||BP (12/15)||BP (12/16)||change||MF (12/15)||MF (12/16)||change||CC (12/15)||CC (12/16)||change|
Table 2: Number of Genes Annotated to Various GO Aspects
|Genes||BP (12/15)||BP (12/16)||change||MF (12/15)||MF (12/16)||change||CC (12/15)||CC (12/16)||change|
3. Methods and strategies for annotation
a. Literature curation: We continue to put most of our annotation effort (95%) into annotation of gene products from the literature.
b. Integration of non-TAIR Arabidopsis annotations: The following types of external annotations are included in our Arabidopsis gene association file:
1. Literature-based annotations made by TAIR curators 2. Community annotations made via TAIR's TOAST annotation tool (see below) 3. GOA annotations for Arabidopsis with experimental evidence codes 4. PAINT-based Arabidopsis annotations from RefGenome group 5. Function-Process link-based annotations from GOC 6. INTERPRO2GO-based IEA annotations from UniProtKB 7. TIGR's annotations from Arabidopsis functional annotation project
c. Priorities for annotation:
1. literature describing the characterization of previously undescribed ('novel') genes, 2. genes that do not have any GO annotations at all (none of the three aspects), 3. recent literature from high impact factor journals 4. user requested annotation requests
d. Review of user-submitted annotations (see TOAST section below)
Donghui, Leonore, and Tanya review the annotations submitted via TOAST, making sure that terms were mapped correctly and that the proper evidence_with information is entered, if necessary. Sometimes, follow-up with the submitter via email is necessary.
4. Presentations and publications
Publications - GO-related but not primarily about GO
Reiser L, Berardini TZ, Li D, Muller R, Strait EM, Li Q, Mezheritsky Y, Vetushko A, Huala E. Sustainable funding for biocuration: The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) as a case study of a subscription-based funding model. Database (Oxford). 2016 Mar 17;2016. pii: baw018. doi: 10.1093/database/baw018.
Talks - GO-related but not primarily about GO
Donghui Li, TAIR: A Sustainable Community Resource for Arabidopsis Research, International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR 2016), GyeongJu, Korea
Tanya Berardini, Using biological ontologies to accelerate progress in plant biology research, ASPB Plant Biology Annual Meeting, 2016
5. Other Highlights
A. Ontology Development Contributions
- GO terms contributed by TAIR
Tanya Berardini have created 102 new GO terms using TermGenie and Obo-Edit (search GO flat file by 'created_by: tanyaberardini', 'created_by: tb', date range: 1/1/16 - 12/31/16).
- Other ontology development work
- participates in the rota for GitHub (formerly Sourceforge) requests (4 total people in rota, one week at a time, biweekly conference call)
- participates in the rota for the gatekeeper for the TermGenie requests (4 total people in rota, one week at a time)
- attends weekly GO editors conference call
- attends biweekly GO annotation conference calls
B. Annotation outreach and user advocacy efforts
- PAINT annotation
Donghui Li does PAINT-based annotation.
- attends regular PAINT annotation conference calls
- curated 43 families.
- TOAST (TAIR Online Annotation Submission Tool)
TAIR continues to collect controlled vocabulary annotations via its online tool. TOAST
TAIR can accept annotations based on any journal article, regardless of the journal it was published in, provided that the article has a DOI or a PMID. Submitters must be registered at TAIR.
- GO help
Tanya Berardini and Donghui Li participate in manning the GO helpdesk. This involves answering the questions that come in through the gohelp email address or forwarding them to the appropriate parties for response. There are several GOC curators that rotate this task, one week at a time.
C. Other highlights