Towards Transparency of Computational Analyses: A Central SOP Repository

submitted by: dougramsey
The methodologies used to generate genome and metagenome annotations are diverse and vary between groups and laboratories. Descriptions of the annotation process are helpful in interpreting genome annotation data. Some groups have produced Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that describe the annotation process, but standards are lacking for structure and content of these descriptions. A general structure for SOP documents that are relevant to genome annotation, metagenomics, environmental...

Towards an Open Access Gazetteer

submitted by: dougramsey
The Gazetteer (Gaz) is a community-based project of the EnvO Consortium for describing instances of organism environments and biological samples supporting consistent annotation of locations and environments. The Gazetteer describes places and place names, and the relations between them. The Gaz, with 130,000 plus terms (over 50 % of terms defined) and relations, is being utilizing in scientific investigations such as applying Gaz terms to organisms based on free-text from the Encyclopedia...

Save the Oysters

submitted by: MicrobeWorld
Do you like oysters? Then join MicrobeWorld for a tour of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory just outside of Cambridge, Md., on the Chesapeake Bay. In this video, MicrobeWorld looks at the impact of disease on the Bay’s oyster population and how scientists are using cultured algae to restore them. MicrobeWorld interviews Jamie King, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries, Chesapeake Bay Office, David Nemazie, Marine Scientist, University of Maryland Center...