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Community annotation in biology

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Direct, February 2010
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Community annotation in biology
Published in
Biology Direct, February 2010
DOI 10.1186/1745-6150-5-12
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Raja Mazumder, Darren A Natale, Jessica AE Julio, Lai-Su Yeh, Cathy H Wu


Attempts to engage the scientific community to annotate biological data (such as protein/gene function) stored in databases have not been overly successful. There are several hypotheses on why this has not been successful but it is not clear which of these hypotheses are correct. In this study we have surveyed 50 biologists (who have recently published a paper characterizing a gene or protein) to better understand what would make them interested in providing input/contributions to biological databases. Based on our survey two things become clear: a) database managers need to proactively contact biologists to solicit contributions; and b) potential contributors need to be provided with an easy-to-use interface and clear instructions on what to annotate. Other factors such as 'reward' and 'employer/funding agency recognition' previously perceived as motivators was found to be less important. Based on this study we propose community annotation projects should devote resources to direct solicitation for input and streamlining of the processes or interfaces used to collect this input.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 9 17%
Brazil 4 8%
United Kingdom 3 6%
Germany 2 4%
Sweden 1 2%
France 1 2%
Spain 1 2%
Portugal 1 2%
Unknown 30 58%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 19 37%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 15%
Professor > Associate Professor 7 13%
Other 5 10%
Professor 3 6%
Other 5 10%
Unknown 5 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 35 67%
Computer Science 6 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 4%
Social Sciences 1 2%
Other 1 2%
Unknown 5 10%

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