FlyBase:Community Advisory Group

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What is the FlyBase Community Advisory Group?

The FlyBase Community Advisory Group (FCAG) was launched in September 2014 with the aim of gaining greater feedback from the community about changes in FlyBase.

You may not know that FlyBase is generated by a team of 30 people, working at Harvard, Indiana, New Mexico and Cambridge Universities. As the members of the FlyBase team work to improve the amount and usefulness of data in FlyBase, numerous questions arise regarding which data are the most important for Drosophila researchers and how we can most usefully present these data on the website. While we do our best to make changes that will be optimal for all Drosophila researchers, we wanted to be able to consult more widely so that we could be sure that our decisions would be helpful for the greatest number of people.

The group consists of members from any lab worldwide that uses FlyBase as part of its research. The FCAG member can be the lab head, a postdoc, student, technician or anyone else who uses FlyBase and feels that they could contribute. FlyBase attracts users from a variety of different backgrounds and our members range from frequent FlyBase users to those who use FlyBase only occasionally or who work primarily with another organism.

Members of the group are sent up to 6 surveys a year on a variety of different subjects (see the Surveys section below for details of subjects that have been covered so far).

Current membership

As of 16th January 2017 the FlyBase Community Advisory Group comprised 542 fly researchers from 41 different countries.

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Country Number of members Country Number of members
United States 203 Portugal 4
United Kingdom 71 Chile 4
Germany 40 Mexico 3
France 26 Netherlands 3
Canada 19 Finland 3
Spain 19 Argentina 2
China 17 Belgium 2
India 16 New Zealand 2
Japan 13 Nigeria 2
Italy 11 Thailand 2
Brazil 11 Singapore 2
Sweden 9 Taiwan 1
Australia 7 Poland 1
Hungary 6 Colombia 1
Israel 6 Cyprus 1
Switzerland 6 Czech Republic 1
South Korea 5 Estonia 1
Denmark 5 Ukraine 1
Greece 5 Malta 1
Russia 5 Norway 1
Austria 4

Joining the group

Every person who uses FlyBase in their research is welcome into our group. Our aim is to have at least a representative from every lab. If you are interested in joining FCAG please go to the registration form

Updating your details (current members)

If you are an existing member of the group and you would like to update your details click here to go to our contact FlyBase form and choose the subject ‘FlyBase Community Advisory Group’, detailing the changes you would like to make.

Surveys

Date Subject Responses Results
October 2014
  • How you use FlyBase and how it could be improved
  • The automatically generated gene summaries on the gene report
  • Receiving updates from FlyBase

454

File:FCAG introductory survey results.pdf

January 2015
  • New 'Gene Group' resource

383

File:FCAG GeneGroup survey results.pdf

May 2015
  • Complex mutants and transgenic constructs

274

File:FCAG construct survey full results.pdf

July 2015
  • Default tracks on GBrowse

198

File:GBrowse default tracks survey results.pdf

October 2015
  • Predicting the future of fly research

135

File:FCAG predicting the future.pdf

January 2016
  • Video tutorials

149

File:FCAGwikiVideoTutorialSurvey.pdf

July 2016
  • Protein domain graphics/info

208

File:FCAGwikiProteinDomainSurvey.pdf

September 2016
  • 2016 General FlyBase survey

235

File:2016 General FlyBase survey.pdf

November 2016
  • Display of Gene Ontology Annotations

172

File:Display of Gene Ontology Annotations survey.pdf

January 2017
  • GAL4 Search Improvements

157

File:GAL4 Search Improvements Survey.pdf

June 2017
  • Gene snapshots

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