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BMC Bioinformatics. 2006 Nov 6;7:489.

A simple spreadsheet-based, MIAME-supportive format for microarray data: MAGE-TAB.

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  • 1European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK. rayner@ebi.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Sharing of microarray data within the research community has been greatly facilitated by the development of the disclosure and communication standards MIAME and MAGE-ML by the MGED Society. However, the complexity of the MAGE-ML format has made its use impractical for laboratories lacking dedicated bioinformatics support.

RESULTS:

We propose a simple tab-delimited, spreadsheet-based format, MAGE-TAB, which will become a part of the MAGE microarray data standard and can be used for annotating and communicating microarray data in a MIAME compliant fashion.

CONCLUSION:

MAGE-TAB will enable laboratories without bioinformatics experience or support to manage, exchange and submit well-annotated microarray data in a standard format using a spreadsheet. The MAGE-TAB format is self-contained, and does not require an understanding of MAGE-ML or XML.

PMID:
17087822
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PMCID:
PMC1687205
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