A new article entitled ‘Arabidopsis Data Gets New Home at JCVI’s AIP as TAIR Turns to Subscriptions to Stay Afloat‘ by Uduak Grace Thomas describes the three+ year process by members of the international Arabidopsis community to (1) maintain continuity in housing vital Arabidopsis data (2) expand capabilities to store and manage vast new datasets [...]
The National Science Foundation has announced that it will fund for five years a group led by Chris Town at the J. Craig Venter Institute to develop the Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP). The Arabidopsis Information Portal will use a combination of data federation and web services technologies to provide the Arabidopsis community with integrated views [...]
The IAIC formed in 2010 order to maintain and expand vital Arabidopsis community resources in response to the the NSF’s decision to reduce, and then cease, funding for TAIR, the main Arabidopsis database since 1999. For more than two years international IAIC participants convened meetings and workshops to strategize how to fund and develop this [...]
The IAIC published in June (via Open Access) the outcomes of the recent Design Workshop in The Plant Cell (link to article here.) This publication describes the challenges of developing an Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP) to replace the bioinformatics resource, TAIR, that currently houses much of the community’s genomic (and other) public data.
The IAIC Scientific Advisory Board was recently appointed and includes: Gloria Coruzzi (New York University, USA), Kazuki Saito (RIKEN Plant Science Center, Chiba University, Japan), Magnus Nordborg (Gregor Mendel Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, Austria), Mark Estelle (University of California, San Diego, USA), Mark Forster (Syngenta, UK), Paul Kersey (European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), UK), and [...]
Working Groups Chairs (EAI, Modules/Use Cases, Standards/Ontologies) presented summaries of their group discussions to participants of the December Design Workshop and engaged in discussions about building the new Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP). Chairs are taking lead roles in developing a workshop white paper which will contain recommendations to the community for developing funding proposals to [...]
The Design Workshop (Dec. 11-14, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia) concluded after 2.5 intense days of interactive team sessions that collectively envisioned creative approaches (and associated challenges) to developing an Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP). After taking a break for the holidays participants will put forward several concept maps for the AIP and put forward community recommendations in [...]