Jack A. Gilbert , 1 , 2 , Yiming Bao 3 , Hui Wang 4 , Susanna-Assunta Sansone 5 , Scott C. Edmunds 6 , Norman Morrison 7 , Folker Meyer 1 , Lynn M. Schriml 8 , Neil Davies 9 , Peter Sterk 5 , Jared Wilkening 1 , George M. Garrity 10 , Dawn Field 4 , Robert Robbins 11 , Daniel P. Smith 1 , Ilene Mizrachi 12 , Corrie Moreau 13
04 May 2012
This report details the outcome of the 13 th Meeting of the Genomic Standards Consortium. The three-day conference was held at the Kingkey Palace Hotel, Shenzhen, China, on March 5–7, 2012, and was hosted by the Beijing Genomics Institute. The meeting, titled From Genomes to Interactions to Communities to Models, highlighted the role of data standards associated with genomic, metagenomic, and amplicon sequence data and the contextual information associated with the sample. To this end the meeting focused on genomic projects for animals, plants, fungi, and viruses; metagenomic studies in host-microbe interactions; and the dynamics of microbial communities. In addition, the meeting hosted a Genomic Observatories Network session, a Genomic Standards Consortium biodiversity working group session, and a Microbiology of the Built Environment session sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.