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Research Project: MaizeGDB: Enabling Access to Basic, Translational, and Applied Research Information

Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Project Number: 5030-21000-061-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Apr 10, 2013
End Date: Apr 9, 2018

Objective 1: Support stewardship of maize genome sequences and forthcoming diverse maize sequences. Objective 2: Create tools to enhance access to expanded datasets that reveal gene function and datasets for genetic and breeding analyses. Objective 3: Deploy tools to increase user-specified flexible queries. Objective 4: Provide community support services, training and documentation, meeting coordination, and support for community elections and surveys. Objective 5: Facilitate the use of genomic and genetic data, information, and tools for germplasm improvement, thus empowering ARS scientists and partners to use a new generation of computational tools and resources.

For applied researchers to benefit from basic investigations, generated data must be made freely and easily accessible. MaizeGDB, the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database (, is the research community’s central repository for genetics and genomics information. The overall aim of our work is to create and maintain unified public resources that facilitate access to the outcomes of maize research. We will support reference genome stewardship within the context of extensive genomic diversity by adopting, developing, and deploying tools that enable community members to annotate and document updates to the genome and by developing and deploying genome visualization tools that enable user-friendly interaction with reference genome and diversity data. We will deploy datasets and tools that reveal gene function and support genetic and breeding analyses by adopting and populating network analysis software to support all types of data that can be represented by such means including gene networks, interaction data, and pedigree information. In addition, we will enable researchers to access data in a customized and flexible manner by deploying tools that enable direct interaction with the MaizeGDB database. Continued efforts to engage in education, outreach, and organizational needs of the maize research community will involve the creation and deployment of video and one-on-one tutorials, updating maize Cooperators on developments of interest to the community, and supporting the information technology needs of the Maize Genetics Executive Committee and Annual Maize Genetics Conference Steering Committee.