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    Genomic Standards Consortium projects
    (Genomic Standards Consortium, 2014) Field, Dawn ; Sterk, Peter ; Kottmann, Renzo ; De Smet, Wim ; Amaral-Zettler, Linda A. ; Cochrane, Guy R. ; James, Cole R. ; Davies, Neil ; Dawyndt, Peter ; Garrity, George M. ; Gilbert, Jack A. ; Glockner, Frank Oliver ; Hirschman, Lynette ; Klenk, Hans-Peter ; Knight, Rob ; Kyrpides, Nikos C. ; Meyer, Folker ; Karsch-Mizrachi, Ilene ; Morrison, Norman ; Robbins, Robert J. ; San Gil, Inigo ; Sansone, Susanna-Assunta ; Schriml, Lynn M. ; Tatusova, Tatiana ; Ussery, David W. ; Yilmaz, Pelin ; White, Owen ; Wooley, John ; Caporaso, J. Gregory
    The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) is an open-membership community working towards the development, implementation and harmonization of standards in the field of genomics. The mission of the GSC is to improve digital descriptions of genomes, metagenomes and gene marker sequences. The GSC started in late 2005 with the defined task of establishing what is now termed the “Minimum Information about any Sequence” (MIxS) standard [1,2]. As an outgrowth of the activities surrounding the creation and implementation of the MixS standard there are now 18 projects within the GSC [3]. These efforts cover an ever widening range of standardization activities. Given the growth of projects and to promote transparency, participation and adoption the GSC has developed a “GSC Project Description Template”. A complete set of GSC Project Descriptions and the template are available on the GSC website. The GSC has an open policy of participation and continues to welcome new efforts. Any projects that facilitate the standard descriptions and exchange of data are potential candidates for inclusion under the GSC umbrella. Areas that expand the scope of the GSC are encouraged. Through these collective activities we hope to help foster the growth of the ‘bioinformatics standards’ community. For more information on the GSC and its range of projects, please see
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    The Genomic Standards Consortium
    (Public Library of Science, 2011-06-21) Field, Dawn ; Amaral-Zettler, Linda A. ; Cochrane, Guy R. ; Cole, James R. ; Dawyndt, Peter ; Garrity, George M. ; Gilbert, Jack A. ; Glockner, Frank Oliver ; Hirschman, Lynette ; Karsch-Mizrachi, Ilene ; Klenk, Hans-Peter ; Knight, Rob ; Kottmann, Renzo ; Kyrpides, Nikos C. ; Meyer, Folker ; San Gil, Inigo ; Sansone, Susanna-Assunta ; Schriml, Lynn M. ; Sterk, Peter ; Tatusova, Tatiana ; Ussery, David W. ; White, Owen ; Wooley, John
    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.
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    Report of the 14th Genomic Standards Consortium Meeting, Oxford, UK, September 17-21, 2012
    (Genomic Standards Consortium, 2014) Davies, Neil ; Field, Dawn ; Amaral-Zettler, Linda A. ; Bicak, Mesude ; Bourlat, Sarah ; Coddington, Jonathan ; Deck, John ; Drummond, Alexei ; Gilbert, Jack A. ; Glockner, Frank Oliver ; Kottmann, Renzo ; Meyer, Chris ; Morrison, Norman ; Obst, Matthias ; Robbins, Robert J. ; Schriml, Lynn M. ; Sterk, Peter ; Stones-Havas, Steven
    This report summarizes the proceedings of the 14th workshop of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) held at the University of Oxford in September 2012. The workshop’s primary goal was to work towards the launch of the Genomic Observatories (GOs) Network under the GSC. For the first time, it brought together potential GOs sites, GSC members, and a range of interested partner organizations. It thus represented the first meeting of the GOs Network (GOs1). Key outcomes include the formation of a core group of “champions” ready to take the GOs Network forward, as well as the formation of working groups. The workshop also served as the first meeting of a wide range of participants in the Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) initiative, a first GOs action. Three projects with complementary interests – COST Action ES1103, MG4U and Micro B3 – organized joint sessions at the workshop. A two-day GSC Hackathon followed the main three days of meetings.
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    Minimum information about a marker gene sequence (MIMARKS) and minimum information about any (x) sequence (MIxS) specifications
    ( 2011-01-04) Yilmaz, Pelin ; Kottmann, Renzo ; Field, Dawn ; Knight, Rob ; Cole, James R. ; Amaral-Zettler, Linda A. ; Gilbert, Jack A. ; Karsch-Mizrachi, Ilene ; Johnston, Anjanette ; Cochrane, Guy R. ; Vaughan, Robert ; Hunter, Christopher ; Park, Joonhong ; Morrison, Norman ; Rocca-Serra, Philippe ; Sterk, Peter ; Arumugam, Manimozhiyan ; Bailey, Mark ; Baumgartner, Laura ; Birren, Bruce W. ; Blaser, Martin J. ; Bonazzi, Vivien ; Booth, Tim ; Bork, Peer ; Bushman, Frederic D. ; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi ; Chain, Patrick S. G. ; Charlson, Emily ; Costello, Elizabeth K. ; Huot-Creasy, Heather ; Dawyndt, Peter ; DeSantis, Todd ; Fierer, Noah ; Fuhrman, Jed A. ; Gallery, Rachel E. ; Gevers, Dirk ; Gibbs, Richard A. ; San Gil, Inigo ; Gonzalez, Antonio ; Gordon, Jeffrey I. ; Guralnick, Robert P. ; Hankeln, Wolfgang ; Highlander, Sarah ; Hugenholtz, Philip ; Jansson, Janet K. ; Kau, Andrew L. ; Kelley, Scott T. ; Kennedy, Jerry ; Knights, Dan ; Koren, Omry ; Kuczynski, Justin ; Kyrpides, Nikos C. ; Larsen, Robert ; Lauber, Christian L. ; Legg, Teresa ; Ley, Ruth E. ; Lozupone, Catherine A. ; Ludwig, Wolfgang ; Lyons, Donna ; Maguire, Eamonn ; Methe, Barbara A. ; Meyer, Folker ; Muegge, Brian ; Nakielny, Sara ; Nelson, Karen E. ; Nemergut, Diana ; Neufeld, Josh D. ; Newbold, Lindsay K. ; Oliver, Anna E. ; Pace, Norman R. ; Palanisamy, Giriprakash ; Peplies, Jorg ; Petrosino, Joseph ; Proctor, Lita ; Pruesse, Elmar ; Quast, Christian ; Raes, Jeroen ; Ratnasingham, Sujeevan ; Ravel, Jacques ; Relman, David A. ; Assunta-Sansone, Susanna ; Schloss, Patrick D. ; Schriml, Lynn M. ; Sinha, Rohini ; Smith, Michelle I. ; Sodergren, Erica ; Spor, Ayme ; Stombaugh, Jesse ; Tiedje, James M. ; Ward, Doyle V. ; Weinstock, George M. ; Wendel, Doug ; White, Owen ; Whiteley, Andrew ; Wilke, Andreas ; Wortman, Jennifer R. ; Yatsunenko, Tanya ; Glockner, Frank Oliver
    Here we present a standard developed by the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) to describe marker gene sequences—the minimum information about a marker gene sequence (MIMARKS). We also introduce a system for describing the environment from which a biological sample originates. The “environmental packages” apply to any sequence whose origin is known and can therefore be used in combination with MIMARKS or other GSC checklists. Finally, to establish a unified standard for describing sequence data and to provide a single point of entry for the scientific community to access and learn about GSC checklists, we establish the minimum information about any (x) sequence (MIxS). Adoption of MIxS will enhance our ability to analyze natural genetic diversity across the Tree of Life as it is currently being documented by massive DNA sequencing efforts from myriad ecosystems in our ever-changing biosphere.