TAKING THE NEXT STEP – BUILDING AN ARABIDOPSIS INFORMATION PORTALTAKING THE NEXT STEP – BUILDING AN ARABIDOPSIS INFORMATION PORTAL

9th Jul 2012

Taking the Next Step – Building an Arabidopsis Information Portal

Over the past two years a great number of discussions have taken place over the future of Arabidopsis informatics. Currently The Arabidopsis Informatics Resource (TAIR) provides access to the Arabidopsis gold standard genome and associated annotations as well as dealing with important tasks such as nomenclature, AGI codes and map positions. However, TAIR's current funding from the National Science Foundation will cease in August 2013. Faced with this funding deficit and the ever increasing level of data and new data types the challenge for the community is how to move from a single primary database surrounded by, yet often not connected to, numerous smaller Arabidopsis databases to a consortium of linked databases. To achieve this goal the International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium (IAIC) was established in May 2010 to help the community build a distributed system of data, tools and resources accessed via single point –the Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP).

On July 5th the IAIC published an article in Plant Cell outlining the challenges of developing the AIP and possible framework and requirements for the implementation of the AIP.

The June issue of the GARNish newsletter also contains a comprehensive description of the current situation of Arabidopsis Informatics and outlines how the AIP could be built and function.