Archive for May, 2008

The Silva database is running a survey on which types of contextual data are most important for describing rRNA sequences.

The survey is quick to complete and can be found here: http://www.arb-silva.de/faqs/survey/

The results of this survey will be presented in a session on ribosomal RNA in the next GSC 6 meeting in Oct, 2007 at the EBI.

Further background on the survey is found in the emerging proposal for a “Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence” (MIENS) guideline that takes into account MIGS/MIMS and modifies/extends it to describe rRNA sequences and related markers. This proposal is currently being developed in the GSC Wiki and feedback and contributions are welcomed from the wider community: http://gensc.org/gc_wiki/index.php/MIGS/MIMS_for_16S


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The Ribosomal Database Project is running a user survey on habitat terms that are most important to users. Click on the RDP website and the quick survey will automatically launch in your browser: http://rdp.cme.msu.edu

The survey is part of the Habitat-Lite initiative within the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC). Habitat-Lite is a small set of high-level terms for describing the habitat of biological samples, particular selected to cover genomes, metagenome, 16/18S sequences and related molecules. All Habitat-Lite terms are taken from the much larger Environment Ontology (http://environmentontology.org).

A paper on Habitat-Lite will appear as part of the special issue of OMICS to come from the 5th GSC workshop. A online version can be seen here: Pubmed

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Thanks to the work of so many, the “Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence” (MIGS) perspective has finally appear in print in Nature Biotechnology. It contains the definitive version of the MIGS checklist as it applies to genome and metagenomes and provides the background for the development of the checklists and plans for its future implementation.

View it online for free here: http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v26/n5/full/nbt1360.html

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