How is IMPC phenotypic data organised?
Internally, the IMPC uses the Colony ID (among other attributes) to encapsulate phenotyping mutants from a single allele on a background strain. That is, the colony ID is associated to an allele/gene/background strain for display, analysis and dissemination. Each center can use a different scheme for generating the colony ID, and the colony IDs are unique across the IMPC effort.
Individual data points are associated to an IMPReSS parameter. Parameters are organised into procedures. Procedures are organised into pipelines. If the analysis registers a significant change in the mutant due to the genotype effect, the IMPC generates an association between the mutant gene and a Mammalian Phenotype Ontology (MP) term, which is specific to the measured parameter as defined in IMPReSS.