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Database (Oxford). 2016 Oct 2;2016. pii: baw125. Print 2016.

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) Data Standard specification.

Author information

1
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Berlin 14195, Germany g.droege@bgbm.org.
2
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, USA.
3
Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Sølvgade 83, opg. S, Copenhagen DK-1307, Denmark.
4
Damar Research Scientists, Damar, Drum Road, Cuparmuir, Fife KY15 5RJ, UK.
5
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Berlin 14195, Germany.
6
Leibniz Institute DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Inhoffenstr. 7B, Braunschweig 38124, Germany.
7
Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO National Research Collections Australia, Canberra, Australia.
8
Berkeley Natural History Museums, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
9
Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat, Universitetsparken 15, Copenhagen DK-2100, Denmark.
10
Australian Museum, Sydney 2010, NSW, Australia.
11
Systematic Botany, Justus Liebig University, Giessen 35392, Germany.
12
Department of Life Sciences & Chemistry, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH, Campus Ring 1, Bremen 28759, Germany.
13
Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Celsiusstrasse 1, Bremen 28359, Germany.
14
ARC-Net Applied Research on Cancer Centre, Department of Pathology and Diagnostics, University of Verona, Verona 37134, Italy.
15
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK.
16
Department of Medical Informatics and UMG Biobank, University Medical Center Göttingen, Robert-Koch-Str. 40, Göttingen 37075, Germany.
17
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
18
Julius Kuehn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Resistance Research and Stress Tolerance, Erwin-Baur-Str. 27, Quedlinburg 06484, Germany.
19
China National GeneBank, BGI-Shenzhen, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518083, China.

Abstract

Genomic samples of non-model organisms are becoming increasingly important in a broad range of studies from developmental biology, biodiversity analyses, to conservation. Genomic sample definition, description, quality, voucher information and metadata all need to be digitized and disseminated across scientific communities. This information needs to be concise and consistent in today's ever-increasing bioinformatic era, for complementary data aggregators to easily map databases to one another. In order to facilitate exchange of information on genomic samples and their derived data, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) Data Standard is intended to provide a platform based on a documented agreement to promote the efficient sharing and usage of genomic sample material and associated specimen information in a consistent way. The new data standard presented here build upon existing standards commonly used within the community extending them with the capability to exchange data on tissue, environmental and DNA sample as well as sequences. The GGBN Data Standard will reveal and democratize the hidden contents of biodiversity biobanks, for the convenience of everyone in the wider biobanking community. Technical tools exist for data providers to easily map their databases to the standard.Database URL: http://terms.tdwg.org/wiki/GGBN_Data_Standard.

PMID:
27694206
PMCID:
PMC5045859
DOI:
10.1093/database/baw125
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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