Archive for March, 2008

The GSC FAQ is now available, and provides a quick overview of all GSC activities.


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The RSBI working group has proposed an “Investigation Study Assay” paradigm for the modularization of minimum information checklists to accomodate reporting of multi-omic studies. This “ISA” construct is now also recognized by MIBBI.

The GSC’s MIGS checklist was specifically revised to also reflect the ISA structure to help in its modularization – some fields describe the whole Investigation, some the Study and some the Assay (in this case sequencing by any method including ultra high-throughput methods).

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Further information:

The GSC is interested in the description of ‘sample’ including the habitat. We are therefore exploring the creation of a limited list of terms for describing habitat.

Increasingly, short lists of habitat terms are being used to annotate databases and undertake a variety of analyses. These lists are continuously being developed a new because there is not yet a central place to put and compare lists.

We are:

1. collecting habitat lists in use within the GSC community
2. determining the overlaps in these lists
3. assessing whether it it feasible to ‘merge’ (unify) these lists into a single, short list, that might be widely adopted for its broad scope and suitable coverage of a wide range of samples (genomes, metagenomes, 16S, etc).

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