Dear ECO developers,
UniProt is looking into the Evidence Code Ontology as a way of displaying evidences. Many of the ECO terms already cover our annotation processes and can be mapped to existing UniProt evidences. However, we can't find any suitable term to describe the importing of annotations from other databases. This is done by UniProt in 2 ways, automatically by programs and manually by curators.
A couple of examples of the kinds of imports that we would like to cover with these terms are:
- importing of information such as taxonomy and references from nucleotide sequence databases
- importing of gene or protein names from Model Organism Databases
Are there any existing ECO terms which could be used to describe this? If not, would it be possible to create terms to cover this?
We will probably have other cases which we can discuss by teleconference as suggested by Emily but were wondering if there's an easy resolution to this one.
UniProt Annotation Coordinator
EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute