Biocuration 2016

The Ninth International Biocuration Conference will be held in the hometown of the Swiss-Prot Database, Geneva, Switzerland, from April 10-14, 2016.

Giga-Curation Challenge

GigaScience is hosting a competition to encourage the uptake of both and iCLiKVAL community annotation resources.

Join the challenge to seed two open community curation tools with useful annotations. It’s free to take part, and with a top prize of a brand new Apple iPad mini4 for the top curator, why wouldn’t you?
For full details visit and look out for announcements of competition pre-registration on twitter #ISB2016, Gigablog and the GigaScience facebook pages.

  • The competition is open to anyone attending the BioCuration2016 conference in Geneva1.
  • The competition will run for the duration of Biocuration2016, the exact times to be announced at the conference.
  • No gaming of the system will be tolerated. Automated systems adding annotations will be excluded. The registered user accounts must be individuals (same individual for both tools) i.e. no group accounts permitted.
  • Anyone caught adding nonsense2 annotations for the purpose of boosting their numbers will be disqualified.
  • The judges will manually check a portion of the leader’s annotations to ensure compliance.
  • As suppliers of the prize, GigaScience retain all authority in the competition, and their decision on any dispute will be final.
  • All results will be publicly available, including usernames, additional personal details will only be released if agreed by the user.
  • Only annotations that are public will be counted.
(1) excluding staff of iCLiKVAL,, GigaScience and BMC.
(2) For the purposes of this competition, nonsense will be determined as anything that cannot be easily reconciled by the judges as meaningful and relevant annotations.