An International Bioinformatics Infrastructure to Underpin the Arabidopsis Community

Int Arabidopsis Informatics Cons, Ruth Bastow, Jim Beynon, Mark Estelle, Joanna Friesner, Erich Grotewold, Irene Lavagi, Keith Lindsey, Blake Meyers, Nicholas Provart, Philip Benfey, Ewan Birney, Pascal Braun, Volker Brendel, Robin Buell, Mario Caccamo, Jim Carrington, Mike Cherry, Joseph Ecker, Janan EppigMark Forster, Rodrigo Gutierrez, Pierre Hilson, Eva Huala, Manpreet Katari, Paul Kersey, Joerg Kudla, Hong Ma, Minami Matsui, Kathy Matthews, Sean May, Klaus Mayer, Andrew Millar, Harvey Millar, Eric Mjolsness, Todd Mockler, Basil Nikolau, Magnus Nordborg, Chris Rawlings, Paul Schofield, Heiko Schoof, Julian I. Schroeder, Taner Z. Sen, Dan Stanzione, Chris Town, Tetsuro Toyoda, Todd Vision, Sean Walsh, Xiujie Wang, Doreen Ware, Wolfram Weckwerth

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The future bioinformatics needs of the Arabidopsis community as well as those of other scientific communities that depend on Arabidopsis resources were discussed at a pair of recent meetings held by the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee and the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee. There are extensive tools and resources for information storage, curation, and retrieval of Arabidopsis data that have been developed over recent years primarily through the activities of The Arabidopsis Information Resource, the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre, and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, among others. However, the rapid expansion in many data types, the international basis of the Arabidopsis community, and changing priorities of the funding agencies all suggest the need for changes in the way informatics infrastructure is developed and maintained. We propose that there is a need for a single core resource that is integrated into a larger international consortium of investigators. We envision this to consist of a distributed system of data, tools, and resources, accessed via a single information portal and funded by a variety of sources, under shared international management of an International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium (IAIC). This article outlines the proposal for the development, management, operations, and continued funding for the IAIC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2530-2536
Number of pages7
JournalPlant Cell
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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