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September 3, 2020

WS279 Citace upload

  • September 25
  • Local CIT upload (to Wen) Tuesday September 22 by 10am Pacific

New AFP datatype for curation status form (CSF)?

  • afp_othergenefunc (to capture gene function other than enzymatic activity)
  • Can wait a bit before adding to CSF; if there will be dedicated curation for that data type we may add later

GO annotation for description

  • Kimberly will look into 'male tail tip developement' terms for description

Migrate wobr1 server to AWS

  • SOLR, WOBr, SObA, Enrichment analysis
  • Working with Sibyl on the process
  • Will try migrating wobr1 first, as a test case
  • May eventually move, for example, Tazendra
    • Will there be drawbacks to doing this?
    • Can we regularly ssh into Tazendra on AWS without issue? Costs for transferring large files
  • Don't yet know the details of the costs, but we can try and keep track
  • We should move into WB or Alliance AWS instances (or Stanford)

WormBase talk at Boston Area Worm Meeting

  • https://www.umassmed.edu/ambroslab/meetings/bawm/
  • Meeting will be virtual on Zoom
  • Chris will give a talk September 23rd, 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific (probably first speaker but not sure)
  • Send topic requests to Chris for the talk
  • Current topics:
    • Micropublications
    • Author First Pass
    • Automated Gene Descriptions
    • Community Curation
    • WB Query Tools
  • Chris will ask organizers if others can join: post on WormBase blog? May draw too large an audience for the zoom channel;
  • If the organizers record the talk, we can post it on the blog and WB YouTube channel

September 10, 2020

GO GAF Files

  • WS278 GO GAF is using the new 2.2 file format
  • Specifications
  • GO will not be emitting GAF 2.2 until the end of the year (will try to get a fixed date)
  • Implications for gene descriptions, but what about other tools, applications at WB?
  • Some errors in the current WS278 GAF, but will get fixed soon
    • Impacts gene descriptions for WS278, so using WS277 for now; will be OK once source GAF is fixed

Disease files on FTP

  • No changes for WS278 FTP files, except an extra custom file that Hinxton is producing mostly for gene descriptions so that we don't get the wrong human diseases via poor orthology calls (see GitHub issue https://github.com/WormBase/website/issues/7839)
  • Will be some consolidation of disease data possibly for WS279 FTP files, implications for downstream tools--gene descriptions, WOBR, ??

WormBase talk at Worcester Area Worm Meeting

  • Chris set to give talk on December 1st, 2020, via Zoom, 4pm (or 4:30pm) EST / 1pm Pacific
  • 30 minute slot; complementary to BAWM talk?
  • WormBase members can attend

WormBase talk at Boston Area Worm Meeting

Worm Anatomy Ontology Fixes

  • Raymond working on addressing warnings and errors (missing definitions, duplicate labels, duplicate definitions)
  • Assessing the best way to address them
  • Would be good to be able to automate some edits; options:
    • Use OWL API (need someone proficient in coding with OWL API)
    • Convert to OBO, programmatically edit, convert back to OWL?
    • Use Cellfie plugin for Protege?
    • Should discuss with Nico once we have a sense as to what changes need to be made

Dead Variations in Postgres

  • Currently pulling in variations/alleles from Postgres to populate "allele" and "genetic perturbation" categories in Textpresso
  • Noticed that many transgene names were being included, which can result in false positives for the categories
  • Looking at Postgres table "obo_data_variation", there are ~100,000 entries, ~40,000 with status "Dead" and ~60,000 with status "Live"
  • Trying to determine the history of the "Dead" variations, where most of the transgene names are coming from
  • May still want to include "Dead" variations/alleles in Textpresso category for historical reasons
  • We could use pattern matching to filter out transgene names
  • Possible to search C. elegans corpus for all "real" allele public names in the "Dead" set to see if they should still be included in categories

WS279 Citace Upload

  • Local Caltech upload to Spica, Tuesday September 22, 10am Pacific

September 17, 2020

Species errors in CITace

  • Wen is reviewing species coming from CIT and will send individual curators lists of species that need correction


  • We could perform a general WormBase webinar to cover all of WormBase, maybe one hour long
  • Allow 20-30 minutes for discussion? Can allow interruptions but plan for one hour
  • Follow up with more specific webinars in following months: JBrowse, WormMine, Micropublication, AFP
  • Chris and Wen can discuss how to setup
  • Should we have people register? Maybe
  • AFP probably doesn't need an hour; maybe split an hour across micropublications and AFP?

Transcription factors and regulatory networks

  • Had another question about TFs, asking for common TFs for a list of genes
  • An issue is that the TF binding data we have is in disparate forms, trying to reconcile
  • We have a ?Transcription_factor class; it would be good to update and integrate with other related data types

Alzheimer's disease portal

  • Funding has been awarded for Alzheimer's research
  • Ranjana: should the disease working group consider more about an Alliance Alzheimer's disease portal?
  • Paul S: Alliance SAB tomorrow; we'll see what the SAB says
  • Can look at other resources like RGD disease portals and Reactome disease-related pathway models
  • Ruth Lovering is doing some work in this regard

GO meeting

  • All are welcome to attend
  • Will discuss GAF format changes, etc.
  • Ranjana: should she and Valerio attend to learn about GO changes that affect the gene descriptions pipeline?
    • Kimberly: there could be a particular breakout group that Ranjana and Valerio could attend to discuss