The minimum information about a genome sequence (MIGS) specification.


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.

DOI: 10.1038/nbt1360

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@article{Field2008TheMI, title={The minimum information about a genome sequence (MIGS) specification.}, author={Dawn Field and George M. Garrity and Tanya Gray and Norman Morrison and Jeremy D. Selengut and Peter Sterk and Tatiana A. Tatusova and Nick Thomson and Michael J. Allen and Samuel V. Angiuoli and Michael Ashburner and Nelson Axelrod and Sandra L. Baldauf and Stuart Ballard and Jeffrey L. Boore and Guy Cochrane and James R. Cole and Peter Dawyndt and Paul de Vos and Claude W. dePamphilis and Robert Edwards and Nadeem Faruque and Robert Feldman and Jack A. Gilbert and Paul Gilna and Frank Oliver Gl{\"{o}ckner and Philip Goldstein and Robert P. Guralnick and Dan H Haft and David Hancock and Henning Hermjakob and Christiane Hertz-Fowler and Phil Hugenholtz and Ian R Joint and Leonid Kagan and Matthew Kane and Jessie Kennedy and George A Kowalchuk and Renzo Kottmann and Eugene Kolker and Saul Kravitz and Nikos C Kyrpides and James H Leebens-Mack and Suzanna Lewis and Kelvin Li and Allyson L. Lister and Phillip W. Lord and Natalia Maltsev and Victor M. Markowitz and Jennifer B Hughes Martiny and Barbara A. Meth{\'e} and Ilene Karsch Mizrachi and Richard E Moxon and Karen E. Nelson and Julian Parkhill and Lita M. Proctor and Owen White and Susanna-Assunta Sansone and Andrew J Spiers and Robert Stevens and P. Swift and Chris F. Taylor and Yoshio Tateno and Adrian J Tett and Sarah Lea Turner and David Wayne Ussery and Bob Vaughan and Naomi L. Ward and Trish Whetzel and Ingio San Gil and Gareth A. Wilson and Anil Wipat}, journal={Nature biotechnology}, year={2008}, volume={26 5}, pages={541-7} }