IAIC Publication: Arabidopsis bioinformatics resources: The current state, challenges, and priorities for the future

| March 7, 2019

The IAIC held a workshop (May, 2018): “2018 – the Future of Arabidopsis Bioinformatics” to evaluate the current status of Arabidopsis informatics and chart a course for future research and development. The workshop focused on several challenges, including the need for reliable and current annotation, community‐defined common standards for data and metadata, and accessible and user‐friendly repositories/tools/methods for data integration and visualization.

The workshop publication “Arabidopsis bioinformatics resources: The current state, challenges, and priorities for the future” can be found here.

Blake Meyers, IAIC Director, introducing the workshop’s objectives

Solutions envisioned included (a) a centralized annotation authority to coalesce annotation from new groups, establish a consistent naming scheme, distribute this format regularly and frequently, and encourage and enforce its adoption; (b) community-established guidelines and standards for data and metadata formats; (c) a searchable, central repository for analysis and visualization tools. Improved versioning and user access to make tools more accessible. Finally, workshop participants proposed a “one‐stop shop” website, an Arabidopsis “Super‐Portal” to link tools, data resources, programmatic standards, and best practice descriptions for each data type, while emphasizing such a portal must have community buy‐in and participation in its establishment and development to encourage adoption.

Plant scientists and computer scientists working together to provide relevant resources to the plant biology community


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