Wikipedia links in SwissProt

I posted recently on some subtle changes to the SwissProt format. Just noticed another – Wikipedia links in the CC line. From entry Q13315:

CC -!- WEB RESOURCE: NAME=Wikipedia ataxia telangiectasia mutated entry; CC URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataxia_telangiectasia_mutated".

I guess this means that Wikipedia is now an acceptable academic resource for biology.

3 thoughts on “Wikipedia links in SwissProt

  1. nsaunders Post author

    I suppose the Wiki(pedia) philosophy is that the latest version is the “best” and that people can always view older revisions. But I agree, as SwissProt is curated, the link should point to what the curator thinks is correct.

  2. Eric Jain

    Permanent links would certainly make sense if curators actually checked and corrected the contents of the Wikipedia articles that are being referenced, or if the articles were being cited as a source of information. But since neither is the case, might as well link to the latest version of the article, which is what most people will want to see anyway.

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