The Importance of Context for the Design and Interpretation of Comparative Metagenomics Studies: The MINIMESS Proposal

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Jeroen Raes, European Molecular Biology Laboratory Comparative metagenomics is a powerful tool to detect environment-specific adaptation of the communities that inhabit them. However, a wide range of technical and biological interfering factors hamper the correct interpretation of comparative metagenomics results. Here, I will describe some of these factors and pitfalls and propose a minimal metagenome sequence analysis standard (MINIMESS) to cope with these issues. This suggested...

Metagenomics 2008 Day 1 Panel Discussion: A Community Vision

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The first day at Metagenomics 2008 is discussed in a Q & A panel session at the end of the day.

Extending MIGS/MIMS to the Description of Ribosomal RNA Sequences

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With the MIGS/MIMS specifications the Genomic Standards Consortium has finished the groundwork to enrich our genome and metagenome collections with contextual data. Now, it is time to consider whether these standards could be applied ‘as is’ in the short-term, and ‘with modification/extension’ in the longer-term to any genetic marker sequence retrieved from the environment. To move for ward and leverage existing interest in the community the proposal for MIENS, the ‘Minimum...

The Environment Ontology: Linking Environmental Data

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Norman Morrison, University of Manchester Every biological specimen that is collected or sampled — whether for a museum collection, for epidemiological studies, for population studies, for ecological research, for research into evolution, biodiversity or sustainability, indeed any biological research — comes from a particular habitat where particular physical conditions prevail. How ever, at present there is no accepted semantic standard for describing the environment from which these...

Metadata Capture in the IMG/IMGm: Getting Scientists to Contribute

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Metadata Capture in the IMG/IMGm: Getting Scientists to Contribute - Victor Markowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

The Genomes Online Database (GOLD): The Value of a Comprehensive Metadata Collection

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The Genomes Online Database (GOLD): The Value of a Comprehensive Metadata Collection - Nikos Kyrpides, Joint Genome Institute