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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

Earlier post: special issue of OMICS

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The GSC is helping to plan the first workshop for the Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations (MIBBI) project, to be held on 2-3 April 2008, with funding from the UK research council, BBSRC.

The organizers are Chris Taylor (EBI), Susanna-Assunta Sansone (EBI) and Dawn Field (GSC, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).

About the MIBBI workshop

MIBBI workshop


About MIBBI

From http://mibbi.sourceforge.net/:

Throughout the biological and biomedical sciences prescriptive checklists specifying the key information to include when reporting experimental results are beginning to find favour with experimentalists, analysts, publishers and funders alike. However, such ‘minimum information’ (MI) checklists are usually developed independently, from within particular biologically- or technologically-delineated domains.

Consequently, the full range of checklists can be difficult to establish without intensive searching, and tracking their evolution is non-trivial; they are also inevitably partially-redundant one against another, and where they overlap arbitrary decisions on wording and substructuring make integration difficult.

This presents significant difficulties for the users of checklists; for example, in the area of systems biology, where data from multiple biological domains and technology platforms are routinely combined.

We offer a common portal to such MI checklists; to act as a ‘one-stop shop’ for those exploring the range of extant projects, foster collaborative development and ultimately promote gradual integration.


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The Microarray and Gene Expression (MGED) Society, is calling for an effort to develop standards for exchanging ultra-high throughput sequencing (UHTS) data.

Dawn Field will be attending the workshop to represent the GSC.

Guy Cochrane will be there to represent the EBI Short Read Trace Archive.

Susanna-Assunta Sansone, a member of the MGED Board, will also be there.

UPDATED: Oct 8: the resulting proposal is now found at the MGED MINSEQE working group homepage

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