mianct schema

This schema is CJM's attempt to translate Tiago's minimal info doc into a LinkML schema

The schema is fairly minimal and is in the form of a "checklist" style schema. It is a set of fields mostly associated with this class:

There are a set of examples here:

Currently the examples are YAML, but the YAML is deliberately flat as this is a "checklist" schema, and we could have TSV/CSV/xlsx here


  • include "packages" and "checklists"; e.g.
    • a neuron package would have the enum for morphologies constrained
    • a transcriptomics package would make it required to enter the set of marker genes
    • see MIxS schema for example of how this might work
  • document how this relates to dosdp/robot templates

When should one provide an entry for a cell type in a MIANCT sheet?

  • When there is a claim of a new cell class (type or state) that has not been described before
  • When new information is discovered for a previously cataloged type that might influence its cataloguing (i.e. description of the presence in a different species or in a new location)
  • When a cell type mentioned in the article has been described before, but is not yet catalogued on an authoritative source like the Cell Ontology.


  • CellType - Minimal information about a cell type
  • OrganismTaxon - A classification of a set of organisms. Example instances: NCBITaxon:9606 (Homo sapiens), NCBITaxon:2 (Bacteria). Can also be used to represent strains or subspecies.





Built in

  • Bool
  • Decimal
  • ElementIdentifier
  • NCName
  • NodeIdentifier
  • URI
  • XSDDate
  • XSDDateTime
  • XSDTime
  • float
  • int
  • str


  • Boolean (Bool) - A binary (true or false) value
  • Date (XSDDate) - a date (year, month and day) in an idealized calendar
  • Datetime (XSDDateTime) - The combination of a date and time
  • Decimal (Decimal) - A real number with arbitrary precision that conforms to the xsd:decimal specification
  • Double (float) - A real number that conforms to the xsd:double specification
  • Float (float) - A real number that conforms to the xsd:float specification
  • Integer (int) - An integer
  • NarrativeText (str)
  • Ncname (NCName) - Prefix part of CURIE
  • Nodeidentifier (NodeIdentifier) - A URI, CURIE or BNODE that represents a node in a model.
  • Objectidentifier (ElementIdentifier) - A URI or CURIE that represents an object in the model.
  • String (str) - A character string
  • Time (XSDTime) - A time object represents a (local) time of day, independent of any particular day
  • Uri (URI) - a complete URI
  • Uriorcurie (URIorCURIE) - a URI or a CURIE