Archive for April, 2008


Designing the Microbial Research Commons:
learning from institutional policies
and collaborative network technologies

12-13 June 2008

Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium


Dear colleague,

As part of an international undertaking and collaboration between Science
Commons, the StrainInfo.net bioportal, the Genomic Standards Consortium,
Bioversity International and the US national committees of CODATA, IUMS
and IUBS, an international conference on the building of an integrated
infrastructure in microbial research dealing with issues such as
bioinformatics, intellectual property rights, material transfer agreements,
text mining and integration with genomics databases will be organised on
June 12-13 2008 at “Het Pand” Conference Centre in Ghent, Belgium. This
conference is open to all involved in microbial research, microbial
resources, industrial microbiology, publishing and policy making.

Conference website: http://www.microbialcommons.org

Contact us: MicrobialCommons@lists.UGent.be

The microbial commons conference is organized back to back with the
annual meeting of the European Culture Collections’ Organisation (ECCO),
June 10-11 2008.

ECCO website: http://www.eccosite.org/


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As an output of discussions at the recent MGED-organized UHTS standardization workshop, a new MI checklist is being developed. Participants at the workshop included representatives from the GSC, SRF, the short read trace archives, major sequencing centres, large projects like ENCODE, vendors, funders and researchers generating data.

The checklist is called the “Minimum Information about a high throughput Nucleotide SeQuencing Experiment” (MINSEQE) and is available for feedback here:  http://uhts.lbl.gov/

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There is currently a vote open to GSC members, with a closing date of 2nd April 2008 23.00GMT.

The vote concerns the implementation of the Genomic Rosetta Stone utilising NCBI LinkOut. To state your preferred option please visit:


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