The Synthetic Biology Open Language is an open representational standard for encoding biological designs. As this community has been growing, it has been trying to figure out a better way than FAQs to compile ongoing Q&A expert knowledge about how to use the standard for representing designs.
As a long-standing contributor on Academia.SE, it seems to me that Bioinformatics.SE might be a good place to start building up such a Q&A compilation, adding tags, etc. We would only want to do so if this community would find it to be on topic.
Examples of questions that might be asked would be:
- How should I represent growth media in SBOL?
- In SBOL, how do you distinguish a circular plasmid from linear DNA?
- How do I represent a sequence deletion in SBOL?
- Do I need to include intermediate gene products like mRNA in order to express a gene regulatory relationship in SBOL?
I had also considered Biology.SE and asked a meta question there, but have received an opinion that focus on representation would be too data-centric and not biological enough for that community. I do believe that here would be a better place for this than StackOverflow because the questions are more about structuring knowledge than about programming.
Bottom line: would Bioinformatics.SE be receptive to an influx of SBOL practitioners asking and answering questions about this topic?