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. A wealth of genomic and metagenomic sequences By the end of next year, there will be complete genome sequences of at least draft quality for more than 1,000 bacteria and archaea and 100 eukaryotes and for even larger numbers of viruses, organelles and plasmids. With the rapid pace at which new genome sequences are appearing, the need to consider how best to ensure stewardship of these data for the long term has never been more pressing. Our genome collection: more than
Nature Biotechnology – Springer Journals
Published: May 8, 2008
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