Long-term i5k Workspace Project management

When an i5k Workspace project - i.e., a genome assembly and its associated data - is instantiated, the project is required to have one or several ‘project coordinators’, whose responsibility is to:

 

  1. Approve or reject new curators for their project;

  2. Be the point of contact for questions related to their genome.

Some project coordinators take on a much larger role, for example by coordinating the curation effort for a genome paper - but this effort is not required.

 

We recognize that project coordinators may need to move on from this role (e.g. due to retirement or other reasons). When a project coordinator can no longer fulfill this role, we recommend, in the following order:

  1. Designate a new project coordinator. This is our preferred option. We recommend this in particular if there is still an active curation community for this i5k Workspace project.

  2. Designate the i5k Workspace as the project coordinator. We recommend this when there is no active interest in this genome project, and there is no reasonable replacement for the current project coordinator. In this case, the i5k Workspace:

    1. Approves or rejects new curators for the project;

    2. Manages the list of curators;

    3. Refers questions related to the genome project to the project page, or the corresponding INSDC entry;

    4. Reserves the right to handle the project as we think best for the long term, which could include but is not limited to:

      1. updating the project with entirely new assembly data if available and desired by the community;

      2. archiving the project entirely.

  3. Not designate a project coordinator, and shut down curation entirely. In this case, we will close off all access to Apollo, and not allow any new curation to occur. Curated models still left in Apollo will be exported and sent to the model owner’s email address on file. The organism page, JBrowse, BLAST and other related pages and tools will still remain available. However, we reserve the right to archive the project entirely if necessary.

  4. Shut down the i5k Workspace project. We’d hate to see your project go, but if necessary, we will close off all access to Apollo, and not allow any new curation to occur. Curated models still left in Apollo will be exported and sent to the model owner’s email address on file. All pages and tools related to the project will be removed from the i5k Workspace. If desired and applicable, all or a subset of the project data will be archived at the Ag Data Commons (https://data.nal.usda.gov).