Description: The 13th Genomic Standards Consortium Meeting (GSC 13). Hosted by BGI and held at Kingkey Palace Hotel, Shenzhen, China, March 4-7, 2012 (http://gensc.org/gc_wiki/index.php/GSC_13). Theme: From Genomes to Interactions to Communities to Models GSC Coordinating Committee: Jack Gilbert, Folker Meyer, Linda Amaral Zettler, Dawn Field, George Garrity, Ilene Mizrachi, Norman Morrison, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Lynn Schriml, Peter Sterk, Tatiana Tatusova, Scott Edmunds, Guojie Zhang and Robert Robbins. Local Hosts: Dr. Bicheng Yang (Responsible for international public affairs) and Ms. Zimin Zhu (Responsible for the conference) The 13th meeting of the GSC is an open meeting aimed at widening the circle of researchers, industrial and policy representatives who employ and get involved with the GSC. The meeting will be focused on megasequencing projects, those that leverage the extended capability of advanced next-generation sequencing technology to generate trillions of base pairs of sequence data. Specifically the meeting will be looking at how the reporting standards designed by the GSC can be used to help improve capture of contextual metadata associated with the sequence data. In addition we will have policy discussions focused on the power of these datasets, new efforts to provide discussions forums for globally distributed ecosystem analysis sites, current developments in the Earth Microbiome Project, and advances in indoor microbiome research. As the main conference organizer, BGI (http://www.genomics.cn/en) has established its own technical platforms based on large-scale genome sequencing, efficient bioinformatics analyses, and has abundant experience in metagenomics research as well as other numerous experiences. BGI has been one of the leading genomics institutes in the world.

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