Submitted to: Maize Genetics Conference Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2011
Publication Date: 3/5/2011
Citation: Andorf, C.M., Cannon, E.K., Braun, B.L., Birkett, S., Harper, E.C., Schaeffer, M.L., Gardiner, J., Jayasingam, D., Campbell, D.A., Sen, T.Z., Lawrence, C.J. 2011. Reinventing MaizeGDB. 53rd Annual Maize Genetics Conference Program and Abstracts. 1(1):33.
Technical Abstract: The Maize Database (MaizeDB) to the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database (MaizeGDB) turns 20 this year, and such a significant milestone must be celebrated! With the release of the B73 reference sequence and more sequenced genomes on the way, the maize community needs to address various opportunities and challenges. MaizeGDB, the community’s Model Organism Database is in an excellent position to address evolving needs by deploying tools that will allow researchers to make use of multiple genome sequences as well as large-scale phenotypic associations. To prepare for both current and future needs of the community, the MaizeGDB team is planning a complete interface redesign to keep the resource relevant and to allow for expansion in desired directions while continuing to update the data as usual over time. The redesign will be both cosmetic and functional. The overall goal of the redesign is to create a clean modern interface with improved user interaction while expanding the overall functionality of MaizeGDB. Cosmetically, we will modernize the appearance and simplify page organization and navigation. Functionally, we will put particular emphasis on ways to view and compare multiple maize genomes, billions of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and new ways to search and browse phenotypes, gel images, quantitative trait loci (QTLs), and other data types. A key component to the redesign will be community involvement. To ensure that the new interface is useful, guidance and beta testing groups will be created and consulted. Here we report our anticipated timelines and focus on initial concepts and designs, new features to be deployed (data, tools, and resources), and outline how you can be involved in changing MaizeGDB to better meet your needs.