Data coherence in IMGT combines data integrity control and biological data evaluation .
Data integrity control
An administration system has been set up to coordinate the entry flow . This ensures coherence of the IMGT data which come from multiple sources: core data from EMBL, annotations from LIGM experts, and annotations from direct submissions by the authors.
Biological data evaluation
Prototypes have been constructed to represent the organizational relationship between labels [1-4] for each configuration of Ig or TcR, independently of the chain type, the species or any other parameters like functionality. Knowledge tables have been built to record controled vocabulary and rules [1-5] defined in the IMGT Scientific chart.
Knowledge tables allow:
- - to control data coherence with the IMGT rules and prototypes,
- - to identify potential sources of incoherences, (iii) to propose solutions in case of errors, and
- - to take into account the evolution of knowledge issued from the immunogenetic research.