The GSC is interested in the description of ‘sample’ including the habitat. We are therefore exploring the creation of a limited list of terms for describing habitat.
Increasingly, short lists of habitat terms are being used to annotate databases and undertake a variety of analyses. These lists are continuously being developed a new because there is not yet a central place to put and compare lists.
1. collecting habitat lists in use within the GSC community
2. determining the overlaps in these lists
3. assessing whether it it feasible to ‘merge’ (unify) these lists into a single, short list, that might be widely adopted for its broad scope and suitable coverage of a wide range of samples (genomes, metagenomes, 16S, etc).