ID server design


This is more of a design question regarding the assigned universal system ids (of the form DO12345, MU67890, etc). What is the benefit of assigning uniform system ids to all entities from all projects? Is it solely to increase the cleanliness/uniformity of the look of the portal, or was there some other technical reason for this choice?


Hello Georgia,

Besides the benefit you mentioned (cleanliness/uniformity), these IDs are human friendly and stable across all data releases. They can be easily used for communications and permanent referencing in publications. Similar design was used in NCBI’s GenBank and dbSNP databases, eg, EU769029, rs2322 etc.

Hope this answers your question.

Best regards,