Xanthusbase: adapting wikipedia principles to a model organism database.


Journal Article

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Arshinoff, BI; Suen, G; Just, EM; Merchant, SM; Kibbe, WA; Chisholm, RL; Welch, RD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / Database issue

Start / End Page

  • D422 - D426

PubMed ID

  • 17090585

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17090585

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1362-4962

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/nar/gkl881


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England