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Value, but high costs in post-deposition data curation


Buttigieg,  Pier Luigi
HGF MPG Joint Research Group for Deep Sea Ecology & Technology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;


Pereira,  Emiliano
Microbial Genomics Group, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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ten Hoopen, P., Amid, C., Buttigieg, P. L., Pafilis, E., Bravakos, P., Cerdeño-Tárraga, A. M., et al. (2016). Value, but high costs in post-deposition data curation. Database (Oxford), online: online, pp. 1-10.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-C353-5
Discoverability of sequence data in primary data archives is proportional to the richness of contextual information associated with the data. Here, we describe an exercise in the improvement of contextual information surrounding sample records associated with metagenomics sequence reads available in the European Nucleotide Archive. We outline the annotation process and summarize findings of this effort aimed at increasing usability of publicly available environmental data. Furthermore, we emphasize the benefits of such an exercise and detail its costs. We conclude that such a third party annotation approach is expensive and has value as an element of curation, but should form only part of a more sustainable submitter-driven approach.