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Autogenerating map2slim mapping files?

Twigger Simon simont at
Wed Jan 3 13:46:30 PST 2007

Hi there,

Working with Larry Wall's definitions of Chief Virtues of a  
Programmer, I'm exercising my 'Laziness' muscle here.

Via the GOC we generate daily OBO files and a whole bunch of 'Other  
Useful Files' on the GO website so people can access the latest terms  
and annotations. What I find Im also in need of quite frequently are  
GO Slim versions of the annotations using the Generic GO Slim along  
with the mapping of the current GO terms to their respective GO Slim  
terms. Certainly it is possible to download and install the various  
perl modules and run the map2slim script, etc. to derive these files  
from the raw data but is there any merit to autogenerating these and  
adding them to the 'other useful files' so people dont have to  
install all the perl code to run this manually?

Speaking for myself, the mapping file would be spectacular to have  
available so I could automatically FTP it over and crank through  
current annotations to get the appropriate GO Slim versions. It might  
get a bit unwieldy to run all annotation files against all standard  
GO Slims on the site but if we could generate one mapping file for  
each Maintained GO Slim that would just be four new files that anyone  
could then use to convert GO annotations to their respective Slimmed  

Would anyone else find this useful or is it just me being lazy  
(remembering that Laziness is a Virtue). :)



Simon N. Twigger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road,
Milwaukee, WI, USA
tel: 414-456-8802
fax: 414-456-6595
AIM/iChat: simontatmcw

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