M3 / Biosharing Meeting

A promising meeting you may want to attend. Full disclosure: I’m in the program committee for this one.


Metagenomics, Metadata and Meta-analysis / Biosharing
A Special Interest Group (SIG) organized by the Genomic Standards
Consortium (http://gensc.org)
at ISMB 2010 on July 9-10, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

URL: http://tinyurl.com/m3bio2010

There are now thousands of genomes and metagenomes available for study.
Interest in improved sampling of diverse environments (e.g. ocean, soil, sediment,
and a range of hosts) combined with advances in the development and application of
ultra-high throughput sequence methodologies are set to vastly accelerate the pace
at which new metagenomes are generated. The M3/Biosharing SIG will explore the latest
concepts, algorithms, tools, informatic pipelines, databases and standards that are being developed to cope with the analysis of vast quantities of metagenomic data. It will also seek to facilitate a broader dialogue among funders, journals, standards developers, technology developers and researchers on the critical issue of data
sharing within the metagenomics community and beyond through the
inaugural meeting of the BioSharing community (See http://biosharing.org
for a list of participating communities).

Through two days of invited and contributed talks, panel discussions,
and flash talks associated with poster sessions, we aim to highlight
scientific advances in these fields and identify core computational
challenges facing the wider community. We invite you to submit extended
abstracts to be considered as talks or posters for the M3/Biosharing
SIG. The abstracts will be reviewed by the SIG program committee for
suitability and quality. Select abstracts will be published in a special
issue of the open access online journal Standards in Genomic Sciences

Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Metagenome and microbiome studies of biological interest
* Metagenome annotation
* Consistent contextual (meta)data acquisition and storage in metagenomics
* Contextual (meta)data and sequence data correlation studies
* Computational infrastructures for metagenomic data processing
* Algorithms, data structures and database architectures

* Standard operating procedures, data standards. Ontologies and file formats
* Projects enabling open data sharing in science
* Data Sharing Policies

Confirmed Plenary speakers include:
* Nikos Kyrpides, DOE Joint Genome Institute
* Michael Ashburner, University of Cambridge
* James Tiedje, Michigan State University
* Edward DeLong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute
* Folker Meyer, Argonne National Laboratory
* Eric Alm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

* Edward DeLong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Owen White, University of Maryland
* Dawn Field, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
* Susanna-Assunta Sansone, European Bioinformatics Institute

Important dates:
* April 30, 2010: talk and poster abstracts due
* May 7, 2010: notification of acceptance
* July 9-10, 2010: M3/Biosharing SIG event

For more information including submission:

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