Pfam + Wikipedia – finally!
Posted On April 5, 2011
Browsing the Pfam web site today, I discovered that the database finally has launched its Wikipedia co-ordination efforts.
This has happened along with the 25th release of the Pfam database (released 1st of April), and basically means that Wikipedia articles will be linked to Pfam families. Gradually, this will (hopefully) improve the annotation of Pfam families, which has in many cases been rather poor. The Xfam blog post related to Pfam release 25 says the change will be happening gradually, which might actually be good thing, given the quirks that might pop up.
(…) a major change is that Pfam annotation is now beginning to be co-ordinated via Wikipedia. Unlike Rfam, where every entry has a Wikipedia entry, we expect this to be a more gradual transition for Pfam, so not all entries currently have a corresponding Wikipedia article. For a more detailed discussion, check the help page. We actively encourage the addition of new/updated annotations via Wikipedia as they will appear far quicker than waiting for a Pfam release. If there are articles in Wikipedia that you think correspond to a family, then please mail us!
I have awaited this change for a long time, and is very happy that Pfam has finally taken this step. Congratulations and my sincerest thanks to the Pfam team! Now, let’s go editing!