Thematic editors are registry-dev members responsible for overseeing coverage and quality in specific thematic areas. The editorships will enable expanding accurate high-standard software annotations in bio.tools to most scientific topics in the life sciences.
The sheer number of software and continuous advancements in tool development demand extensive and sustained efforts to provide comprehensive annotations. Such challenges can be overcome by distributing the curation effort across a network of engaged and experienced partners, which contribute to improve bio.tools content and to adjust the EDAM vocabulary (used in bio.tools) to the needs of the respective communities. Careful coordination of the distributed tasks is required to maintain quality standards and increase tool interoperability across the board.
Thematic editors are well connected with their respective scientific community, experts in their field, have a broad knowledge about commonly used software and are motivated to promote bio.tools. Editors normally oversee the work of one or more student curators, on a range of tasks to improve EDAM and bio.tools content:
- Review of bio.tools and EDAM to survey coverage of concepts, terms and tools.
- Help develop strategy to achieve and sustain a minimum information level in bio.tools, as per the emerging information standard.
- Engage with their community, supervise hackathons and promote bio.tools in general.
- Mentor a student for practical curation work
- Implement sustainable procedures for systematic tool reviews and curation standards.
Benefits: A thematic editorships provides the opportunity to become a curation expert and contribute to a project for the benefit of the whole bioinformatics community. Editors will acquire extensive knowledge and experience about available software in their fields e.g. with opportunity to publish high-quality reviews. The editors will train additional experts during training and curation events (e.g. hackathons) as well as via student supervision. Moreover, the ELIXIR infrastructure will support them to amplify their activities within a broader context.
Current thematic editors¶
|Anne Wenzel||RNA structure|
|Jon Ison||General purpose sequence analysis|
|Jose M. Carazo||Electron microscopy, structural biology|
|Josep Gelpi||Structural bioinformatics|
|Jurgen Haas||Protein structural biology, structural bioinformatics|
|Marta Villegas||Natural language processing|
|Martin Krallinger||Text Mining, natural language processing, named entity recognition|
|Veit Schwämmle||Proteomics, statistics|
|Vivi R. Gregersen||Agricultural science (association analysis, genomics)|
Tentative thematic editors¶
People listed here in the past served as EDAM Editors; we are aiming for a single, consolidated group of Thematic Edditors serving both EDAM and bio.tools.
|David Sehnal||General bioinformatics|
|Dmitry Repchevsky||ES tools & services|
|Ivan Mičetić||Protein structure|
|Laura Emery||EBI tools and training|
|Lukáš Pravda||Structural bioinformatics|
bio.tools studentships can support thematic editors. A typical studentship comprises (at least) one full month of full working hours which are mostly distributed over a longer time period. Applications are written on basis of the template (see e.g. proteomics studentship). The students are recruited after proposal dissemination via GitHub, project mailing lists etc.