Life-science data standards

The full complement of the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) Proteomics Standards Initiative (PSI), Minimum Information About a Proteomics Experiment (MIAPE), recommended reporting guidelines are now available for community review on the Nature Biotechnology website.

The manuscripts range from the definition of the MIAPE concept to the individual guidelines themselves which cover, Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry Informatics, Gel Electrophoresis and Molecular Interaction experiments. A further paper on the PSI protein modification ontology (PSI-MOD) is also listed.

Several other Minimum reporting requirements are also listed from other domains such as genome sequences (MIGS) and in Situ Hybridization and Immunochemistry (MISFISHIE).

There is also a paper on the Functional Genomics Experiment Model (FUGE) which is an “extensible framework” or data model for standards in functional genomics, although equally extensible to most scientific experiments.

As this process of community review, hosted on the Nature Biotech website, is a relatively new process and open to anyone, both identified or anonymous, I would encourage anybody with the relevant knowledge to comment on the papers. A greater response from the community ultimately means the guidelines are actually representative of the domain and technology they represent.

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