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Title: An International Bioinformatics Infrastructure to Underpin the Arabidopsis Community

Author
item Bastow, Ruth - University Of Warwick
item Beynon, Jim - University Of Warwick
item Estelle, Mark - University Of California
item Friesner, Joanna - University Of California
item Grotewold, Erich - The Ohio State University
item Lavagi, Irene - University Of Warwick
item Lindsey, Keith - University Of Durham
item Meyers, Blake - University Of Delaware
item Provart, Nicholas - University Of Toronto
item Benfey, Philip - Duke University
item Birney, Ewan - European Bioinformatics Institute
item Braun, Pascal - Harvard Medical School
item Brendel, Volker - Iowa State University
item Buell, Robin - Michigan State University
item Caccamo, Mario - Biotechnology And Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
item Carrington, Jim - Oregon State University
item Cherry, Mike - Stanford University
item Ecker, Joseph - Salk Institute
item Eppig, Janan - The Jackson Laboratory
item Forster, Mark - Syngenta - United Kingdom
item Gutierrez, Rodrigo - University Of Catolica De Chile
item Hilson, Pierre - Flanders Institute Of Biotechnology (VIB)
item Huala, Eva - Carnegie Institute - Stanford
item Katari, Manpreet - New York University
item Kersey, Paul - European Bioinformatics Institute
item Kudla, Joerg - Muenster University
item Ma, Hong - Fudan University
item Matsui, Minami - Riken Institute
item Matthews, Kathy - Indiana University
item May, Sean - University Of Nottingham
item Mayer, Klaus - German Research Center For Environmental Health
item Millar, Andrew - University Of Edinburgh
item Millar, Harvey - University Of Western Australia
item Mjolsness, Eric - University Of California
item Mockler, Todd - Oregon State University
item Nikolau, Basil - Iowa State University
item Nordborg, Magnus - Gregor Mendel Institute
item Rawlings, Chris - Rothamsted Research
item Schofield, Paul - University Of Cambridge
item Schoof, Heiko - Max Planck Society
item Schroeder, Julian - University Of California
item Sen, Taner
item Stanzione, Dan - University Of Texas
item Town, Chris - J Craig Venter Institute
item Toyoda, Tetsuro - Riken Institute
item Vision, Todd - University Of North Carolina
item Walsh, Sean - Eldgenossische Technische Hochschule (ETH)
item Wang, Xiujie - Chinese Academy Of Sciences
item Ware, Doreen
item Weckwerth, Wolfram - University Of Vienna
item Yang, Weicai - Chinese Academy Of Sciences

Submitted to: The Plant Cell
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/23/2010
Publication Date: 8/31/2010
Citation: Bastow, R., Beynon, J., Estelle, M., Friesner, J., Grotewold, E., Lavagi, I., Lindsey, K., Meyers, B., Provart, N., Benfey, P., Birney, E., Braun, P., Brendel, V., Buell, R., Caccamo, M., Carrington, J., Cherry, M., Ecker, J., Eppig, J., Forster, M., Gutierrez, R., Hilson, P., Huala, E., Katari, M., Kersey, P., Kudla, J., Ma, H., Matsui, M., Matthews, K., May, S., Mayer, K., Millar, A., Millar, H., Mjolsness, E., Mockler, T., Nikolau, B., Nordborg, M., Rawlings, C., Schofield, P., Schoof, H., Schroeder, J., Sen, T.Z., Stanzione, D., Town, C., Toyoda, T., Vision, T., Walsh, S., Wang, X., Ware, D., Weckwerth, W., Yang, W. 2010. An international bioinformatics infrastructure to underpin the Arabidopsis community. The Plant Cell. 22(8):2530-2536.

Interpretive Summary: The future bioinformatics needs of the Arabidopsis community as well as those of other scientific communities including the maize community that depend on Arabidopsis resources were discussed at a pair of recent meetings held by the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) and the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). The proposal was that there is a need for a single core resource that is integrated into a larger international consortium of investigators. This article outlines the proposal for the development, management, operations, and continued funding for the Arabidopsis resources. Because these resources are used extensively by the maize researchers to compare maize and Arabidopsis systems (the Arabidopsis genome was the first genome that was sequenced), the persistence of these resources will lead to more efficient research in maize to develop improved plant traits.

Technical Abstract: The future bioinformatics needs of the Arabidopsis community as well as those of other scientific communities that depend on Arabidopsis resources were discussed at a pair of recent meetings held by the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) and the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). There are extensive tools and resources for information storage, curation, and retrieval of Arabidopsis data that have been developed over recent years primarily through the activities of The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre (NASC), and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC), among others. However, the rapid expansion in many data types, the international basis of the Arabidopsis community, and changing priorities of the funding agencies all suggest the need for changes in the way informatics infrastructure is developed and maintained. We propose that there is a need for a single core resource that is integrated into a larger international consortium of investigators. We envision this to consist of a distributed system of data, tools, and resources, accessed via a single information portal and funded by a variety of sources, under shared international management of an International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium (IAIC). This article outlines the proposal for the development, management, operations, and continued funding for the IAIC.