Proteopedia: a status report on the collaborative, 3D web-encyclopedia of proteins and other biomolecules

J Struct Biol. 2011 Aug;175(2):244-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jsb.2011.04.011. Epub 2011 Apr 23.


Proteopedia is a collaborative, 3D web-encyclopedia of protein, nucleic acid and other biomolecule structures. Created as a means for communicating biomolecule structures to a diverse scientific audience, Proteopedia ( presents structural annotation in an intuitive, interactive format and allows members of the scientific community to easily contribute their own annotations. Here, we provide a status report on Proteopedia by describing advances in the web resource since its inception three and a half years ago, focusing on features of potential direct use to the scientific community. We discuss its progress as a collaborative 3D-encyclopedia of structures as well as its use as a complement to scientific publications and PowerPoint presentations. We also describe Proteopedia's use for 3D visualization in structure-related pedagogy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Encyclopedias as Topic*
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • Information Management
  • Information Services
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Biology / education
  • Online Systems*
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Proteins