Task Force Data Standards and Data Access

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Program of Work

  • Development of a data standard for sharing DNA and tissue information
  • Development and subsequent expansion of a global data platform for aggregating relevant data sources of genomic samples, vouchers, molecular analysis, publications, and images

Current Activities

  • Developing tutorials for publishing genetic sample data on GGBN
  • Reducing bottlenecks for updating genetic sample data from providers
  • Implementation of GGBN data standard in Symbiota, Plutof and ZIMS.
  • Migration of GGBN institutional registry to GBIF
  • Modifications of the GGBN data standard for environmental DNA and environmental samples, along with HTS library samples.
  • Performing a user review of the GGBN website to inform improvements to its data architecture.
  • Performing a review of GGBN’s permit fields, including any impediments to implementation by users.
  • Collaboration with sequencing portals to provide best practices for documentation and citation of samples and make the GGBN data standard the global standard for implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
  • As part of SYNTHESYS+ Work Package 3, developing a best practices for usage of molecular collections handbook.


Related Resources

Current Members

  • Gabi Droege, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (2011-present), Chair
  • Katie Barker, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (2011-present)
  • Margaret Cawsey, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (2014-present)
  • Jonathan Coddington, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (2011-present)
  • Jeremy deWaard, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph (2018-present)
  • Tim Fulcher, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2016-present)
  • Peter Grobe, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (2016-present)
  • Chris Hunter, China National Gene Bank/GigaScience (2018-present)
  • Lars Erik Johannessen, Natural History Museum, Oslo (2016-present)
  • Kim Labuschagne, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (2014-present)
  • Chris Meyer, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (2011-present)
  • Glen Newton, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2016-present)
  • Thomas Orrell, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (2011-present)
  • Björn Quast, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (2016-present)
  • Dmitry Schigel, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (2016-present)
  • Mike Trizna, Smithsonian Institution (2017-present)
  • Xiao Feng (Vincent) Wei, China National Gene Bank (2018-present)