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The Genomics Standards Consortium has established standards.

Posted by psterk on 17 Jun 2009 at 21:27 GMT

One thing I find missing from this otherwise excellent paper is the mention of reporting standards. The Genomic Standards Consortium ( has established a checklist for reporting genomes in order to capture metadata for genomes in a consistent fashion to make downstream comparative analyses more feasible. It would be great to see journals and funding agencies adopt and/or further develop this checklist much in the way as INSDC accession numbers became mandatory for nucleotide sequence submissions. The GSC is also a member of MIBBI (see that promotes integrating existing checklists. Collections like the Plos ONE prokaryotic genomes collection are likely to be far more useful if standards are adopted an applied.

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