Title

XanthusBase: Adapting Wikipedia Principles to a Model Organism Database

Document Type

Article

Date

2007

Embargo Period

10-8-2010

Keywords

Myxococcus xanthus ; xanthusBase ; Generic Model Organism Database ; MediaWiki ; dictyBase ; Myxobacterial research ; Open-source software

Language

English

Disciplines

Biology

Description/Abstract

xanthusBase (http://www.xanthusbase.org) is the official model organism database (MOD) for the social bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. In many respects, M.xanthus represents the pioneer model organism (MO) for studying the genetic, biochemical, and mechanistic basis of prokaryotic multicellularity, a topic that has garnered considerable attention due to the significance of biofilms in both basic and applied microbiology research. To facilitate its utility, the design of xanthusBase incorporates open-source software, leveraging the cumulative experience made available through the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD) project, MediaWiki (http://www.mediawiki.org), and dictyBase (http://www.dictybase.org), to create a MOD that is both highly useful and easily navigable. In addition, we have incorporated a unique Wikipedia-style curation model which exploits the internet’s inherent interactivity, thus enabling M.xanthus and other myxobacterial researchers to contribute directly toward the ongoing genome annotation.

Source

Citeseerx