The Genomic Standards Consortium

Dawn Field, Linda Amaral-Zettler, Guy Cochrane, James R. Cole, Peter Dawyndt, George M. Garrity, Jack Gilbert, Frank Oliver Glöckner, Lynette Hirschman, Ilene Karsch-Mizrachi, Hans-Peter Klenk, Rob Knight, Renzo Kottmann, Nikos Kyrpides, Folker Meyer, Inigo San Gil, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Lynn M. Schriml, Peter Sterk, Tatiana TatusovaDavid Ussery, Owen White, John Wooley

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    A vast and rich body of information has grown up as a result of the world's enthusiasm for 'omics technologies. Finding ways to describe and make available this information that maximise its usefulness has become a major effort across the 'omics world. At the heart of this effort is the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC), an open-membership organization that drives community-based standardization activities, Here we provide a short history of the GSC, provide an overview of its range of current activities, and make a call for the scientific community to join forces to improve the quality and quantity of contextual information about our public collections of genomes, metagenomes, and marker gene sequences.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalP L o S Biology
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)e1001088
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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