Location: Plant Introduction ResearchTitle: The GRIN-Global Information Management System – A Preview and Opportunity for Public User Input Author
Submitted to: Plant and Animal Genome Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/6/2009
Publication Date: 1/9/2010
Citation: Cyr, P.D., Little, R.E., Weaver, B.E., Millard, M.J., Gardner, C.A., Emberland, G.P., Reisinger, M.A., Sinnott, Q.P., Kinard, G.R., Bretting, P.K. 2010. The GRIN-Global Information Management System – A Preview and Opportunity for Public User Input [abstract]. Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference. P800. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The GRIN-Global Information Management System, under development for the past two years, will provide the world's crop genebanks and plant genetic resource (PGR) users with a powerful, flexible, easy-to-use PGR information management system. Developed jointly by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bioversity International and the Global Crop Diversity Trust to serve as a new, scalable version of the Germplasm Resources Information System (GRIN), GRIN-Global will help safeguard PGR and information vital to global food security, and encourage PGR use. The GRIN-Global public, multilingual user interface is scheduled for deployment by 2011; a prototype will be demonstrated at this workshop, and user input sought to enhance its features and functionalities. Feedback from this workshop will augment findings from a recent survey of the needs and priorities of current GRIN and other PGR database users. The .NET Framework and Visual Studio development environment were chosen for the project. A core set of web services, enterprise services or other technologies update data stored locally or on networks, distribute centralized data to off-site systems, and enable third party data sharing. The database and interfaces accommodate commercial and open-source programming tools, are database-flexible (PostgreSQL, MS SQLServer, Oracle, MySQL), and require no licensing fees. The system can be deployed on stand-alone computers or networked systems. The GRIN-Global Curatorial Tool, for use by curatorial personnel, will be deployed in selected plant genebanks worldwide early in 2010 and in the U.S. soon thereafter. The public web interface will be deployed in 2011.