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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 47304, 7 pages
Meeting Report

eGenomics: Cataloguing Our Complete Genome Collection III

1Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics Section, Oxford Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Mansfield Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3SR, UK
2Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
3The Institute for Genomic Research, 9712 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, USA
4European Molecular Biology Laboratory Outstation–The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD, UK
5The Pathogen Sequencing Unit, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SA, UK
6National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894, USA
7Microbial Genomics Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and International University Bremen, Bremen 28359, Germany
8CISBAN and School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
9Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan, National Institute of Genetics, Research Organization of Information and Systems, Shizuoka 441-8540, Japan

Received 28 December 2006; Accepted 28 December 2006

Copyright © 2007 Dawn Field et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This meeting report summarizes the proceedings of the “eGenomics: Cataloguing our Complete Genome Collection III” workshop held September 11–13, 2006, at the National Institute for Environmental eScience (NIEeS), Cambridge, United Kingdom. This 3rd workshop of the Genomic Standards Consortium was divided into two parts. The first half of the three-day workshop was dedicated to reviewing the genomic diversity of our current and future genome and metagenome collection, and exploring linkages to a series of existing projects through formal presentations. The second half was dedicated to strategic discussions. Outcomes of the workshop include a revised “Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence” (MIGS) specification (v1.1), consensus on a variety of features to be added to the Genome Catalogue (GCat), agreement by several researchers to adopt MIGS for imminent genome publications, and an agreement by the EBI and NCBI to input their genome collections into GCat for the purpose of quantifying the amount of optional data already available (e.g., for geographic location coordinates) and working towards a single, global list of all public genomes and metagenomes.