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The Genomic Standards Consortium.

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

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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