In the past 20 years Rfam has changed significantly. It began with only 25 families and as of 2022, it contains over 4000 families. Since starting it has undergone 13 major updates, has integrated with Wikipedia, transitioned to SVN from RCS, switched to Infernal from COVE, moved between institutions and more.
None of this would be possible without the excellent people that have worked on Rfam over the past 20 years. We would like to thank everyone who has worked on Rfam for their contributions. Here are a few of the responsible people, past and present, discussing Rfam's changes over the years.
08 August First family (5S rRNA) committed
15 August First NAR Database issue paper submitted
01 January Rfam: an RNA family database published
01 January Rfam: annotating non-coding RNAs in complete genomes published
24 Feburary 100th family 7SK (RF00100) added
29 August The RNA WikiProject: community annotation of RNA families published
29 August 1000th family mir-580 added
25 October Rfam: updates to the RNA families database published
08 November Rfam: Wikipedia, clans and the "decimal" release published
31 March 2000th family MIR1846 added
02 November Rfam 11.0: 10 years of RNA families published
11 November Rfam 12.0: updates to the RNA families database published
03 November Rfam 13.0: shifting to a genome-centric resource for non-coding RNA families published
20 December 3000th family LOOT RNA added
05 June Non-coding RNA analysis using the Rfam database published
04 November Computational strategies to combat COVID-19: useful tools to accelerate SARS-CoV-2 and coronavirus research published
19 November Rfam 14: expanded coverage of metagenomic, viral and microRNA families published
04 December 4000th family MIR8139 added
30 May Release 14.8 announced
08 August Rfam begins celebrating its 20th anniversary!