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Research Project: Providing Access to Oat Genomics Data and Improving Oat Breeding Data Management

Location: Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research

Project Number: 8062-21000-045-01-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 1, 2014
End Date: Nov 30, 2018

Objective:
1. Make public oat data widely and easily available by uploading them to a database with a friendly web interface. 2. Improve web portal integrating oat genetics information. 3. Facilitate public-sector oat breeder’s use of the database.

Approach:
An oat data curator will be hired to perform the following activities: 1. A web-based database for oat, called T3/oat has been established by the Ithaca research group. The incumbent should be an advocate for T3/oat among North American oat breeders. This means traveling to oat breeding programs if necessary. Discussing with oat breeders what of their data might be appropriate to go into T3/oat. Provide any help needed in formatting/pre-analysis for upload. 2. Coordinate with investigators on the Collaborative Oat Research Enterprise and the Uniform Oat Performance Nursery (UOPN) to ensure that those trials are readily uploaded to T3/oat. Coordinate with the oat quality lab in Madison, WI for the same purpose. Be a coordinator for the development of a consensus oat trait list (oat trait ontology lite) to ensure all data will conform to that list. 3. Assist in developing and populating the enhanced GrainGenes web portal, “Global Oat,” providing additional static and legacy data as well as front-end to T3/oat. The incumbent would be reading the oat literature and making sure to follow up on data relevant to oat, i.e., contact authors to support them in getting relevant results into Global Oat. Assist in reviving the online Oat Newsletter. 4. Become familiar with the International oat community and assist in curating data from International colleagues. Potentially assist with establishing “modular portals” that will allow major contributors (e.g. CORE-Europe) to populate the shared database while maintaining independent visibility. 5. Suggest new T3/oat features and functionality. Meet weekly with the T3 development team to increase functionality and act as a liaison between the oat breeding community and T3 development. 6. Advise and provide limited assistance to national and international projects wanting to establish restricted instances of the T3/oat database.