MeSH ID: D058977
The addition of descriptive information about the function or structure of a molecular sequence to its molecular sequence data record.
Best practice for sharing this type of data:
Refer to the minimum information about a proteomics experiment (MIAPE) reporting guidelines for an outline of the materials that should be presented along with all relevant datasets. The annotation should be in a format that is suitable for MIAPE-compliant repositories.
Most suitable repositories:
Sequence annotation may be added to repositories such as DNA Databank of Japan, European Nucleotide Archive, Reference Sequence Database, GenBank, Gene Ontology Annotation Database, NCBI Protein Clusters, PeptideAtlas, The Protein Database, NCBI Identical Protein Groups, UniProt, and VectorBase.
Best practice for indicating re-use of existing data:
For public datasets please provide a DOI or other stable identified for the dataset itself *and* include a citation for the dataset in the reference list. Be sure to indicate exactly which data has been re-used, particularly when multiple versions of the dataset exist. In many cases, this is best achieved by sharing the code used to extract the part of the data that you analyzed. In some cases it may be best to share the exact dataset(s) you analyzed as well.
For access-controlled data authors should provide a link to instructions for obtaining access (e.g. here is the information page for ADNI (Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative): http://adni.loni.usc.edu/data-samples/access-data/).
When re-using a private dataset from a previous study please contact the data owners to discuss how the data can be made public.