Implementing Data Standards: A report on the HUPOPSI Workshop September 2009, Toronto, Canada.
The plenary session of the Proteomics Standards Initiative of the Human Proteome Organisation at the 8th Annual HUPO World Congress updated the delegates on the current status of the ongoing work of this group. The mass spectrometry group reviewed the progress of mzML since its release last year and detailed new work on providing a common format for SRM/MRM transition lists (TraML). The implementation of mzIdentML, for describing the output of proteomics search engines, was outlined and the release of a new web service PSICQUIC, which allows users to simultaneously search multiple interaction databases, was announced. Finally, the audience participated in a lively debate, discussing both the benefits of these standard formats and issues with their adoption and use in a research environment.