We have made significant improvements to our interactive submission tool (Webin) with the addition of a new template-based system. Webin templates are text documents containing information common to large numbers of similar records and variable fields expected to be of use for a given data type. At the end of the submission process, submitted information is expanded using the template to create full database records. The Webin launcher, the entry point to all interactive submissions, has been extended to offer an appropriate set of common use case templates for submitters and to guide them through the submissions process.
Presently, we have configured templates for most commonly occurring types of ENA-Annotation submissions, including a MIENS (Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence) standard compliant template, and we may add additional templates complying with other standards as they become available. We also plan to expand this system to cover SRA and project submissions. Upon submission and template expansion, the resulting entries are analysed with a rule-based validator and users are informed of any warnings and errors generated as part of the data validation process. All users wishing to submit large number of sequences with a fixed number of variable fields are encouraged to contact datasubs/at/ebi.ac.uk
for creation of new templates which can be rapidly integrated into Webin. The Webin submission tool is available at http://www.ebi.ac.uk/embl/Submission/webin.html
On the first page, users are asked to choose one of the available sequence submission types (). This will determine which template will be used for submission.
Selection of the sequence submission type.
Our template-based submission tool supports both constant and variable parameters for templates. Parameters are selected on the second page from a list of mandatory and optional fields (). Constant common parameters are selected and filled in on the third page and the variable parameters are uploaded on the fourth page using a comma separated text file. This file is generated by Webin for the user based on the variable field selection and contains one column for each variable field. It is expected to be filled up by the submitter, e.g. by using Excel, and to contain the information for each sequence on its own row. Finally, the summary page provides an overview of the progress of the submission (). Data is validated using the ‘validate’ button after which it can be submitted to the archive. Curator assistance can be requested from most pages.
Selection of the fields to include in the submission.