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This is the talk I gave at the 7th Arthropod Genomics Symposium, hosted by the Eck Institute for Global Health at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
More efficient sequencing technologies mean a dramatic increase in our access to whole genome sequences, and annotation efforts must adapt to keep pace in converting these sequence data into knowledge. The growing number of genome sequencing projects also means there will be a larger reliance on contributions from domain specialists. This is indicative of a curation environment shifting from a traditional centralized model to a geographically dispersed community annotation model, which requires new tools to support collaborative annotation. WebApollo is a successor to the Apollo annotation editor; it provides a web-based environment that allows multiple distributed users to review, edit, and share manual annotations. The WebApollo client is designed as an extension to JBrowse, a genome browser that provides a fast, highly interactive interface for visualization of genomic data. WebApollo allows users to create and modify transcript and exon structures through intuitive gestures, and flags potential problems within these manual annotations.