Alex Bateman says protein family wiki is coming – but when?
Nature recently had a nice news article on Bio-wikis and biological databases connected to Wikipedia where Alex Bateman says they’re working on a protein-family wiki that will be hosted on Wikipedia, similar to the Rfam wiki, which he talked about at FEBS this summer. I am of course very excited about this, and hope that the new Pfam (?) wiki will come rather sooner than later. As pointed out earlier, the Nature article also underlines the problem of scientific wikis; currently there is no career incentive to get researchers to spend their time editing wiki-articles. That is a shame, and perhaps a system copying the system of Rfam and RNA Biology could help in this direction. The only question is which journal(s) that would be interested in such a commitment to open science…
If you’re interested in editing protein families then there’s an epic list here:
The bulk of these have mappings to Pfam and will appear on the Pfam site in the next release.
Also, for inexperienced users a few of us Sangerites have put together some training material:
Thanks for a great post!