Towards richer descriptions of our collection of genomes andmetagenomes

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In this commentary, we advocate building a richer set of descriptions about our invaluable and exponentially growing collection of genomes and metagenomic datasets through the construction of consensus-driven data capture and exchange mechanisms. Standardization activities must proceed within the auspices of open-access and international working bodies, and to tackle the issues surrounding the development of better descriptions of genomic investigations we have formed the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC). Here, we introduce the 'Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence' specification in the hopes of gaining wider participation in its development and discuss the resources that will be required to support it ... continued below

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Field, D.; Garrity, G; Selengut, J.; Sterk, P.; Tatusova, T.; Thomson, N. et al. June 1, 2006.

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In this commentary, we advocate building a richer set of descriptions about our invaluable and exponentially growing collection of genomes and metagenomic datasets through the construction of consensus-driven data capture and exchange mechanisms. Standardization activities must proceed within the auspices of open-access and international working bodies, and to tackle the issues surrounding the development of better descriptions of genomic investigations we have formed the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC). Here, we introduce the 'Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence' specification in the hopes of gaining wider participation in its development and discuss the resources that will be required to support it (standardization of annotations through the use of ontologies and mechanisms of metadata capture, exchange). As part of its wider goals, the GSC also strongly supports improving the 'transparency' of the information contained in existing genomic databases that contain calculated analyses and genomic annotations.

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  • Journal Name: Nature Biotechnology; Journal Volume: 16; Related Information: Journal Publication Date: 05/01/2008

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Field, D.; Garrity, G; Selengut, J.; Sterk, P.; Tatusova, T.; Thomson, N. et al. Towards richer descriptions of our collection of genomes andmetagenomes, article, June 1, 2006; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc899205/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.