The minimum information about a genome sequence (MIGS) specification

D Field, G Garrity, T Gray, N Morrison, J Selengut, P Sterk, T Tatusova, N Thomson, MJ Allen, SV Angiuolii, M Ashburner, N Axelrod, S Baldauf, SBJ Boore, G Cochrane, J Cole, P Dawyndt, PD Vos, C dePamphilis, R EdwardsN Faruque, R Feldman, J Gilbert, P Gilna, FO Glöckner, P Goldstein, R Guralnick, D Haft, D Hancock, H Hermjakob, C Hertz-Fowler, P Hugenholtz, I Joint, L Kagan, M Kane, J Kennedy, G Kowalchuk, R Kottman, E Kolker, S Kravitz, N Kyrpides, J Leebens-Mack, SE Lewis, K Li, A Lister, P Lord, N Maltsev, V Markowitz, J Martiny, B Methe, R Moxon, Nelson K, J Parkhill, L Proctor, SA Sansone, A Spiers, R Stevens, P Swift, C Taylor, Y Tateno, A Tett, S Turner, David Ussery, B Vaughan, B Ward, T Whetzel, G Wilson, A Wipat

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    With the quantity of genomic data increasing at an exponential rate, it is imperative that these data be captured electronically, in a standard format. Standardization activities must proceed within the auspices of open-access and international working bodies. To tackle the issues surrounding the development of better descriptions of genomic investigations, we have formed the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC). Here, we introduce the minimum information about a genome sequence (MIGS) specification with the intent of promoting participation in its development and discussing the resources that will be required to develop improved mechanisms of metadata capture and exchange. As part of its wider goals, the GSC also supports improving the 'transparency' of the information contained in existing genomic databases.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNature Biotechnology
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)541-547
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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