A poster will be presented at the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference 2008 describing GenCat and the Genome Catalogue, two products of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC). If you are attending APBC 2008 and are interested in the work of the GSC, please contact Tanya Gray at tgra at ceh.ac.uk.
About the GSC:
The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) formed in 2005 with the aim to promote methods to standardize the description of genomes and the exchange and integration of genomics data.
The GSC is an open-membership international working body. Participants in the GSC include biologists, computer scientists, those building genomic databases and conducting large-scale comparative genomic analyses, and those with experience of building community-based standards.
For more information, please visit http://gensc.org
The GSC has released a number of products:
Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence/Metagenome Sequence specification. Provides an extensions to the minimum information already captured by primary nucleotide databases (DDBJ/EMBL/Genbank) (Field et al, 2007).
Genomic Contextual Data Markup Language that incorporates the MIGS/MIMS specification and provides an extended data capture and exchange mechanism for integrating a wide range of information relevant to the in depth description of genomes and metagenomes.
A repository of genome reports that are compliant with the MIGS/MIMS specification. The Genome Catalogue is based on the GenCat software.
A generic XML data catalogue tool that supports the development of data standards by providing a data repository and input forms auto-generated from successive XML schema files (used to define a data standard). (http://gencat.sf.net)