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International Journal of Plant Genomics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 923035, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/923035
Research Article

POPcorn: An Online Resource Providing Access to Distributed and Diverse Maize Project Data

1Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
2USDA-ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
3Department of Computer Science, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA
4Plant Biotechnology Center and Department of Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
5Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology and Department of Cancer Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Sm822, Boston, MA 02215, USA
6USDA-ARS Plant Gene Expression Center, Albany, CA 94710, USA
7Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
8School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
9USDA-ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
10Division of Plant Sciences, Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
11Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
12Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Received 16 August 2011; Accepted 29 November 2011

Academic Editor: Pierre Sourdille

Copyright © 2011 Ethalinda K. S. Cannon 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.

Abstract

The purpose of the online resource presented here, POPcorn (Project Portal for corn), is to enhance accessibility of maize genetic and genomic resources for plant biologists. Currently, many online locations are difficult to find, some are best searched independently, and individual project websites often degrade over time—sometimes disappearing entirely. The POPcorn site makes available (1) a centralized, web-accessible resource to search and browse descriptions of ongoing maize genomics projects, (2) a single, stand-alone tool that uses web Services and minimal data warehousing to search for sequence matches in online resources of diverse offsite projects, and (3) a set of tools that enables researchers to migrate their data to the long-term model organism database for maize genetic and genomic information: MaizeGDB. Examples demonstrating POPcorn’s utility are provided herein.