FlyBase Working Paper cam19rev November 26 1993
The curation of abstracts, posters and personal communications.
FlyBase attempts to be as 'up to date' as possible and to include all
'useful' information that is in the public domain. There is a particular
problem with respect to data reported either at meetings or as personal
communications. The following is a statement of FlyBase policy with
respect to these data.
1. All data in FlyBase should be backed by a 'paper trail' - that is to
say, if challenged, FlyBase can refer a user to a document, which may be
in either the public or private domain, to justify its inclusion of the
data in FlyBase.
2. This principle is met by only capturing data from printed public
domain sources (we include printed abstracts for meetings). Data will not
be added to FlyBase from posters or talks. Data from meeting abstracts
will be minimally curated - normally to include only gene name, gene
symbol, gene function and map positions. The reason for this is to avoid
extensive duplication of effort when the information is published in full
3. With respect to 'personal communications' FlyBase will not curate from
word of mouth alone, but only after written (and here we include
electronic) confirmation. The consequence is that if a member of the
community wishes to add data to FlyBase, or correct data in FlyBase, then
he/she should communicate with FlyBase either as a letter (or fax) or by
FlyBase welcomes such communications. They should be sent to FlyBase,
Biological Laboratories, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
(fax (1)-617-495-9300) or by email to flybase-updates at morgan.harvard.edu.
Inquiries about FlyBase can be emailed to flybase at morgan.harvard.edu.
Personal communications will be entered in FlyBase in the following manner:
'personal communication from J. Doe, July 10 1993'.