MAKER Web Annotation Service
The MAKER Web Annotation Service (MWAS) is an easily configurable web-accesible genome annotation pipeline. It's purpose is to allow research groups with small to intermediate amounts of eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome sequence (i.e. BAC clones, small whole genomes, preliminary sequencing data, etc.) to independently annotate and analyse their data and produce output that can be loaded into a genome database. MWAS is build on the stand alone genome annotation pipeline MAKER, and users who wish to annotate larger datasets and whole genomes are free to download MAKER for use on their own systems.
MWAS identifies repeats, aligns ESTs and proteins to a genome, produces ab-initio gene predictions and automatically synthesizes these data into gene annotations having evidence-based quality values. MWAS can also automatically train popular gene prediction algorithms for use on new genomes for which pre-existing information is limited. MAKER is a member of the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD) project and output produced by this site can be directly used with other GMOD tools. Annotations can be directly viewed online by the user via GBrowse, JBrowse, and Apollo, or they can be downloaded for local analysis and integration into a genome database. MWAS also supplies summary statistics on sequence features via the Sequence Ontology tool SOBA.
MWAS should prove especially useful for emerging model organism genome projects with minimal bioinformatics expertise and computer resources, since a user can produce final genome annotations without having to install and configure any software locally.