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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.

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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