The Annotathon is a dedicted online bioinformatics training environment. Trainees are invited to annotate metagenomic DNA fragments added to their personnal sequence cart from various oceanic locations (Global Ocean Sampling project by Venter et al.). The analyses include the detection of potential coding regions, the search for sequence homologs and identification of conserved protein domains, as well as the reconstruction of phygenetic trees.
The Annotathon is designed to manage large trainee cohorts grouped into teams (such as students following the same course) supervised by instructors. Each sequence annotation produced by trainees is examined, commented on and evaluated by instructors twice. This allows trainees to revise their initial annotations, thus improving their bioinformatics skills. After the team closing date, trainee evaluations are compiled into an overall grade.
You wish to join in?
Freelance volunteer annotator
You are invited to open an account in the "Open Access" team using the "Create New Account" tab on the online Annotathon portal.
Students taking a course running an Annotathon team
You are invited to open an account in your course's specific team (e.g. BioCell2007) using the "Create New Account" tab on the online Annotathon portal.
Teachers who wish to lead an Annotathon student team
If you teach and wish to create a team for your students, please contact the webmaster who will add this team for you in no time (follow the "Contact" link in the "Help" tab on the online Annotathon portal). Please provide a team name and description of host institution (e.g. university or college name).
Online Annotathon portal
User guide and instructions: Annotathon Rule book
Resulting public annotated sequences: Metagenes
The Annotathon concept was imagined by the bioinformatics lecturing team of the Luminy Sciences Faculty (Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France): Pascal Hingamp, Céline Brochier, Emmanuel Talla, Daniel Gautheret (now at U. Orsay), Denis Thieffry & Carl Herrmann. The open source software is developed by Pascal Hingamp.
The Annotathon is currently available in english & french. Offers to translate the interface in further languages are warmly welcomed! All language specific terms are externalized in a single language file (currently around 500 terms and sentences); our experience shows that translation by a fluent speaker should take no more than a day (including the "Rule Book").