Outreach and Software Development for the Apollo Genome Annotation Editor
Ian Holmes (University of California, Berkeley)
To hire an outreach coordinator and (part of) a software developer for the Apollo genome annotation editor, provide developer- and user-oriented workshops and training, develop a plugin framework, and integrate protein visualizations.
The Apollo genome annotation editor is a tool for the manual editing and revision of genome annotations. Improving the accuracy of genome annotation is a complex and iterative process requiring researchers to review and incorporate multiple sources of information such as transcriptome alignments, predictive models based on sequence profiles, and comparisons to features found in related organisms. Apollo uses a web-based graphical user interface based on a genome browser. Curators can drag gene models to edit their structure. It is somewhat similar to Google Docs in that edits to a gene model show up “live” in all users’ browsers. Increasingly, Apollo has been used as a crowdsourcing-style tool, aimed at expert members of a community who wish to contribute to the review and improvement of their organism’s annotations.