Meeting Report: BioSharing at ISMB 2010

Dawn Field, Susanna Sansone, Edward F. DeLong, Peter Sterk, Iddo Friedberg, Pascale Gaudet, Susanna Lewis, Renzo Kottmann, Lynette Hirschman, George M. Garrity, Guy Cochrane, John Wooley, Folker Meyer, Sarah Hunter, Owen White, Brian Bramlett, Susan Gregurick, Hilmar Lapp, Sandra Orchard, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Alan Ruttenberg, Nigam Shah, Chris Taylor, Anne Thessen


This report summarizes the proceedings of the one day BioSharing meeting held at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2010 conference in Boston, MA, U.S.A. This inaugural BioSharing event was hosted by the Genomic Standards Consortium as part of its “M3 & BioSharing special interest group (SIG) workshop. The BioSharing event included invited talks from a range of community leaders and a panel discussion at the end of the day. The panel session led to the formal agreement among community leaders to join together to promote cross-community knowledge exchange and collaborations. A key focus of the newly formed Biosharing community will be linking up resources to promote real-world data sharing (virtuous cycle) and supporting compliance with data policies through the creation of a one-stop-portal of information. Further information about the newly established BioSharing effort can be found at



data-sharing; genomics; metadata; metagenomics; bioinformatics; standards

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