Universal Spectrum Identifier for mass spectra


Mass spectra provide the ultimate evidence to support the findings of mass spectrometry proteomics studies in publications, and it is therefore crucial to be able to trace the conclusions back to the spectra. The Universal Spectrum Identifier (USI) provides a standardized mechanism for encoding a virtual path to any mass spectrum contained in datasets deposited to public proteomics repositories. USI enables greater transparency of spectral evidence, with more than 1 billion USI identifications from over 3 billion spectra already available through ProteomeXchange repositories.

Nature Methods