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The RNA WikiProject: community annotation of RNA families.

TitleThe RNA WikiProject: community annotation of RNA families.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDaub J, Gardner PP, Tate J, Ramsköld D, Manske M, Scott WG, Weinberg Z, Griffiths-Jones S, Bateman A
Date Published2008 Dec
KeywordsDatabase Management Systems, Databases, Nucleic Acid, RNA

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has become one of the most important online references in the world and has a substantial and growing scientific content. A search of Google with many RNA-related keywords identifies a Wikipedia article as the top hit. We believe that the RNA community has an important and timely opportunity to maximize the content and quality of RNA information in Wikipedia. To this end, we have formed the RNA WikiProject ( as part of the larger Molecular and Cellular Biology WikiProject. We have created over 600 new Wikipedia articles describing families of noncoding RNAs based on the Rfam database, and invite the community to update, edit, and correct these articles. The Rfam database now redistributes this Wikipedia content as the primary textual annotation of its RNA families. Users can, therefore, for the first time, directly edit the content of one of the major RNA databases. We believe that this Wikipedia/Rfam link acts as a functioning model for incorporating community annotation into molecular biology databases.

Alternate JournalRNA
PubMed ID18945806
PubMed Central IDPMC2590952
Grant List077044 / / Wellcome Trust / United Kingdom
/ / Howard Hughes Medical Institute / United States
/ / Wellcome Trust / United Kingdom