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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: OPERATING AND DEVELOPING THE GERMPLASM RESOURCES INFORMATION NETWORK FOR THE U.S. GENETIC RESOURCES PROGRAM Title: Grin-Global: An International Project to Develop a Global Plant Genebank and Information Management System

Authors
item Cyr, Pete
item Weaver, B - BIOVERSITY INT. AMES
item Millard, Mark
item Gardner, Candice
item Bohning, Mark
item Emberland, Gorm
item Sinnott, Quinn
item Kinard, Gary
item Postman, Joseph
item Franco, T - BIOVERSITY INT. CALI
item Mackay, M - BIOVERSITY INT. ROME
item Guarino, L - GLOBAL CROP DIVERSITY
item Bretting, Peter

Submitted to: Proceedings American Society of Horticultural Sciences
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 15, 2009
Publication Date: July 1, 2009
Citation: Cyr, P.D., Weaver, B., Millard, M.J., Gardner, C.A., Bohning, M.A., Emberland, G.P., Sinnott, Q.P., Kinard, G.R., Postman, J.D., Franco, T., Mackay, M., Guarino, L., Bretting, P.K. 2009. GRIN-Global: An International Project to Develop a Global Plant Genebank and Information Management System. Proceedings American Society of Horticultural Sciences. HORTSCIENCE. 44(4):1179.

Technical Abstract: The mission of the GRIN-Global Project is to create a new, scalable version of the Germplasm Resource Information System (GRIN) to provide the world’s crop genebanks with a powerful, flexible, easy-to-use plant genetic resource (PGR) information management system. The system will help safeguard PGR and information vital to global food security, and encourage PGR use. Developed jointly by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bioversity International and the Global Crop Diversity Trust, GRIN-Global will be deployed in selected plant genebanks worldwide for 2010. The .NET Framework and Visual Studio development environment were chosen for the project. A core set of web services, enterprise services or other technologies will update data stored locally or on networks, distribute centralized data to off-site systems, and enable third party data sharing. The database and interface(s) will accommodate commercial and open-source programming tools, be database-flexible (MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle), and require no licensing fees. The database will be deployable on stand-alone computers or networked systems. Iterative programming strategies will support continuous product evaluation and refinement; advanced prototypes will be extensively beta-tested. Bioversity International will deploy GRIN-Global internationally, working cooperatively to document the new system in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish, translate its interface, and implement it in developing countries. Implementation will be monitored and barriers to adoption identified. The impact of system use will be evaluated by users during and following database implementation.

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