Recommendations for vocabulary in INSDC /inference qualifiers

The /inference qualifier provides a structured description of non-experimental evidence that supports feature identification or assignment. It allows data provides to point by name to data resources and tools that were implicated in the identification of the parent feature. These recommendations for choice of names for data resources and tools to be used in /inference annotations are provided in order to render features carrying the /inference qualifier more searchable and machine-readable.

  • Leading and trailing spaces should not be included in resource names
  • The following table presents recommended acronyms for commonly cited resources
Name of data resource/toolRecommended acronym
International Nucleotide Sequence DatabaseINSD
NCBI Reference Sequence DatabaseRefSeq
UniProt KnowledgebaseUniProtKB
The database of Clusters of Orthologous Groups of proteinsCOGs
The Protein Family DatabasePFAM
NCBI Conserved Domain DatabaseCDD
The InterPro Database of Protein Families, Domains and Functional SitesInterPro
CATH domain structure databaseCATH
Evidence Code OntologyECO
Digital Object Identifier (citations) DOI
PubMed Identifier (citations)PMID

Revised August 9, 2012