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Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan;41(Database issue):D751-7. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks1024. Epub 2012 Nov 3.

FlyBase: improvements to the bibliography.

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  • 1Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EH, UK. sjm41@gen.cam.ac.uk

Abstract

An accurate, comprehensive, non-redundant and up-to-date bibliography is a crucial component of any Model Organism Database (MOD). Principally, the bibliography provides a set of references that are specific to the field served by the MOD. Moreover, it serves as a backbone to which all curated biological data can be attributed. Here, we describe the organization and main features of the bibliography in FlyBase (flybase.org), the MOD for Drosophila melanogaster. We present an overview of the current content of the bibliography, the pipeline for identifying and adding new references, the presentation of data within Reference Reports and effective methods for searching and retrieving bibliographic data. We highlight recent improvements in these areas and describe the advantages of using the FlyBase bibliography over alternative literature resources. Although this article is focused on bibliographic data, many of the features and tools described are applicable to browsing and querying other datasets in FlyBase.

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23125371
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PMCID:
PMC3531214
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