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Meeting report: the fourth Genomics Standards Consortium Workshop

Field, Dawn; Glockner, Frank Oliver; Garrity, George M.; Gray, Tanya; Sterk, Peter; Cochrane, Guy; Vaughan, Robert; Kolker, Eugene; Kottmann, Renzo; Kyrpides, Nikos; Angiuoli, Sam; Dawyndt, Peter; Guralnick, Robert; Goldstein, Philip; Hall, Neil; Hirschman, Lynette; Kravitz, Saul; Lister, Allyson L.; Markowitz, Victor; Thomson, Nick; Whetzel, Trish. 2008 Meeting report: the fourth Genomics Standards Consortium Workshop. OMICS, 12 (2). 101-108. 10.1089/omi.2008.0014

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Abstract/Summary

This meeting report summarizes the proceedings of the “eGenomics: Cataloguing our Complete Genome Collection IV” workshop held June 6–8, 2007, at the National Institute for Environmental eScience (NIEeS), Cambridge, United Kingdom. This fourth workshop of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) was a mix of short presentations, strategy discussions, and technical sessions. Speakers provided progress reports on the development of the “Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence” (MIGS) specification and the closely integrated “Minimum Information about a Metagenome Sequence” (MIMS) specification. The key outcome of the workshop was consensus on the next version of the MIGS/MIMS specification (v1.2). This drove further definition and restructuring of the MIGS/MIMS XML schema (syntax). With respect to semantics, a term vetting group was established to ensure that terms are properly defined and submitted to the appropriate ontology projects. Perhaps the single most important outcome of the workshop was a proposal to move beyond the concept of “minimum” to create a far richer XML schema that would define a “Genomic Contextual Data Markup Language” (GCDML) suitable for wider semantic integration across databases. GCDML will contain not only curated information (e.g., compliant with MIGS/MIMS), but also be extended to include a variety of data processing and calculations. Further information about the Genomic Standards Consortium and its range of activities can be found at http://gensc.org

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1089/omi.2008.0014
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Hails
ISSN: 1536-2310
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Data and Information
Date made live: 12 Feb 2009 14:06
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5519

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