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Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Title: RCN4GSC workshop report: managing data at the interface of biodiversity and (meta)genomics, March 2011

item Robbins, Robert
item Amaral-zettler, Linda
item Bik, Holly
item Blum, Stan
item Edwards, James
item Field, Dawn
item Garrity, George
item Gilbert, Jack
item Kottmann, Renzo
item Krishtalka, Leonard
item Lawrence, Carolyn

Submitted to: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/16/2012
Publication Date: 10/11/2012
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Citation: Robbins, R.J., Amaral-Zettler, L., Bik, H., Blum, S., Edwards, J., Field, D., Garrity, G., Gilbert, J.A., Kottmann, R., Krishtalka, L., Lawrence, C.J. 2012. RCN4GSC workshop report: managing data at the interface of biodiversity and (meta)genomics, March 2011. Standards in Genomic Sciences. 7(1):159-165.

Interpretive Summary: In order for the outcomes of research to be useful, outcomes must be documented and made accessible. Data must be integrated and catalogued in a way that could be made accessible for automated data mining, and standards must be developed and pervasively adopted. Once in place, the use of such standards will enable researchers to access more data automatically using online databases that store the information that enables the development of applied solutions to real-world problems based upon stored biological data.

Technical Abstract: The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) is an international working body with the mission of working towards richer descriptions of genomic and metagenomic data through the development of standards and tools for supporting the consistent documentation of contextual information about sequences. Because work at this interface is expanding rapidly, efforts to facilitate appropriate data management must also occur rapidly. Therefore, this meeting was convened as a planning session, aimed at getting as much information "on the table" as possible. Specifically, the goal was to identify potential for positive interactions and progress, especially building on extant successes at establishing data standards by the GSC and by the biodiversity and ecological communities.

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