Rfam: Wikipedia, clans and the “decimal” release. In the paper the authors (inlcuding Alex Bateman, Sean Eddy, Paul Gardner and others) discuss the use of Wikipedia for Community Annotation of biological databases. They report:
Given our positive experiences, we can highly recommend other curation efforts turning to Wikipedia for their annotation
I am not sure how I missed this paper when it came out recently. But it is definitely worth a look. The last line hints at future developments
We look forward to working with the wider community to develop these new tools and techniques.It seems that they have bought into the Wikipedia based annotation system as having enormous potential. I generally agree though I am not sure how this is best done.
PFam has recently started using Wikipedia articles as well. They also changed there license from GNU GPL to Creative Commons Zero (i.e. public domain).ReplyDelete
Hard to say if wiki is the best solution for annotation. However, if a wiki is going to be used I am glab when people use Wikipedia.
I've seen various wiki-based community annotation projects arrive, and been directly involved in a couple. I have also seen most die, for want of an engaged community. Pfam's genius is to go way beyond adopting an existing open wiki software by buying into the entire open Wikipedia community. If this works (and I'm hopeful) expect many imitators.ReplyDelete
@whsqwghlm "Pfam's genius"? What?ReplyDelete
mmm, this article on Nature Precedings can also be interesting for you:ReplyDelete
Mietchen et al, Wikis in scholarly publishing. Available from: http://precedings.nature.com/documents/5891/version/1
That should, of course, have been "Rfam's genious". Sorry Paul.ReplyDelete