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WikiPathways: building research communities on biological pathways.

Here, we describe the development of WikiPathways (http://www.wikipathways.org), a public wiki for pathway curation, since it was first published in 2008. New features are discussed, as well as developments in the community of contributors. New features include a zoomable pathway viewer, support for pathway ontology annotations, the ability to mark pathways as private for a limited time and the availability of stable hyperlinks to pathways and the elements therein. WikiPathways content is freely available in a variety of formats such as the BioPAX standard, and the content is increasingly adopted by external databases and tools, including Wikipedia. A recent development is the use of WikiPathways as a staging ground for centrally curated databases such as Reactome. WikiPathways is seeing steady growth in the number of users, page views and edits for each pathway. To assess whether the community curation experiment can be considered successful, here we analyze the relation between use and contribution, which gives results in line with other wiki projects. The novel use of pathway pages as supplementary material to publications, as well as the addition of tailored content for research domains, is expected to stimulate growth further.

Pubmed ID: 22096230

Authors

  • Kelder T
  • van Iersel MP
  • Hanspers K
  • Kutmon M
  • Conklin BR
  • Evelo CT
  • Pico AR

Journal

Nucleic acids research

Publication Data

January 23, 2012

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM080223

Mesh Terms

  • Computational Biology
  • Databases, Factual
  • Genes
  • Internet
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways
  • Proteins