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Dawn Field, Susanna-Assunta Sansone and George Garrity have been asked by the OMICS Editor and Chief Eugene Kolker to produce a special issue of OMICS based on the 5th GSC Workshop.

A community consultation has now started with the posting of the first paper on the GSC wiki. special issue of OMICS Wiki page Authors are strongly encouraged to circulate their papers widely, including to members of the GSC.

Please provide feedback directly to the authors or Editors (Dawn Field, George Garrity, Susanna-Assunta Sansone).

Further information:

Genomic Standards Consortium: http://gensc.org

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A poster will be presented at the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference 2008 describing GenCat and the Genome Catalogue, two products of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC). If you are attending APBC 2008 and are interested in the work of the GSC, please contact Tanya Gray at tgra at ceh.ac.uk.

About the GSC:

The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) formed in 2005 with the aim to promote methods to standardize the description of genomes and the exchange and integration of genomics data.

The GSC is an open-membership international working body. Participants in the GSC include biologists, computer scientists, those building genomic databases and conducting large-scale comparative genomic analyses, and those with experience of building community-based standards.

For more information, please visit http://gensc.org

Products

The GSC has released a number of products:

MIGS/MIMS
Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence/Metagenome Sequence specification. Provides an extensions to the minimum information already captured by primary nucleotide databases (DDBJ/EMBL/Genbank) (Field et al, 2007).

GCDML
Genomic Contextual Data Markup Language that incorporates the MIGS/MIMS specification and provides an extended data capture and exchange mechanism for integrating a wide range of information relevant to the in depth description of genomes and metagenomes.

Genome Catalogue
A repository of genome reports that are compliant with the MIGS/MIMS specification. The Genome Catalogue is based on the GenCat software.

GenCat
A generic XML data catalogue tool that supports the development of data standards by providing a data repository and input forms auto-generated from successive XML schema files (used to define a data standard). (http://gencat.sf.net)

APBC 2008

http://sunflower.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp/apbc2008/

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Dawn Field and Susanna-Assunta Sansone guest edited a special issue of the journal OMICS on data standards as an output of the 2nd GSC workshop. There were 22 invited papers including 5 in the area of standardization of genomic data (See: Special_Issue_of_OMICS).
An overview of the issue and its goals is captured in the foreword: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/omi.2006.10.84
The entire issue was open source and many of the papers in the issue continue to be at the top of the most downloaded list: http://www.liebertonline.com/action/showMostReadArticles?journalCode=omi

Special issue of OMICS from the 5th GSC Workshop

Dawn Field and George Garrity have been asked by the OMICS Editor and Chief Eugene Kolker to produce a special issue of OMICS based on the 5th GSC Workshop. After guaging interest in this prior to the workshop, and in response to developments at the workshop, we are going to accept this invitation.We are now considering proposals from the participants of the 5th GSC workshop (and their colleagues) for contributions on several key topics of special interest to the GSC.

Further information:

GSC web site: http://gensc.org

Dawn Field : contact info

George Garrity : contact info

Susanna-Assunta Sansone : contact info

Eugene Kolker : contact info

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The Genomic Standards Consortium held a Birds of a Feather meeting at ISMB/ECCB 2007.

There were three presentations, and a discussion led by Robert Stevens. Presentation slides can be downloaded from the GSC wiki:

Presentation Slides

* Tatiana Tatusov slides

* Dawn Field slides

* Lynette Hirschman slides

We mostly discussed how to achieve wider community involvement. In particular we discussed the fact that a group of us worked quite extensively at ISMB on the development of an ontology for the georeferencing of biological samples and records.

Environmental Ontology workshop

Related to this, the GSC is co-sponsor of an Environmental Ontology (EnvO) workshop to be held on August 29-31 2007 where the ontology obo file (called geo.obo) will be further reviewed. The agenda for the EnvO meeting is available on the GSC wiki and further details will be publishing shortly.

http://darwin.nerc-oxford.ac.uk/gc_wiki/index.php/EnvO_Workshop

Geo.obo file from Michael Ashburner

Michael Ashburner sent out an email on June 29th 2007 regarding the geo.obo file. A copy of the email and file attachments have been uploaded to the GSC wiki.

http://darwin.nerc-oxford.ac.uk/gc_wiki/index.php/Michael_ashburner_email

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The 4th Genomic Standards Consortium Workshop will be held next week, 6-8th June, 2007 at the National Institute for Environmental e-Science (NIEeS), Cambridge.

As at previous workshops there will be a mix of talks and discussion sessions, although this year the talks will be shorter and more focused on progress made towards GSC goals. There will be 6 sessions covering key topics of interest to the GSC.

There will be a special focus on progress to date, the development of MIMS, future implementation of MIGS/MIMS, CVs and ontologies for describing genomes and metagenomes, the need for a single, global list of genomes and metagenomes and the role of the GSC’s proposed Genomic Rosetta Stone.

The latest agenda is available on the GSC wiki. Workshop homepage on NIEeSweb site

Date: 6-8 June, 2007

Venue: National Institute for Environmental e-Science, Cambridge, UK

Organizers: Dawn Field, Tatiana Tatusova, Tanya Gray, George Garrity, and Frank Oliver Glöckner

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