34th ICM: May 10-14 2021, teleconference
International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC),
consisted of DDBJ Center, EBI and NCBI,
hold the international collaborators meeting every year.
In 2021, the meeting was to be held at NCBI. However, because of the influence of COVID-19, the meeting was held 10-14 May on a teleconference, to discuss practical matters to maintain and update nucleotide sequence data archives; DDBJ, ENA, GenBank, Sequence Read Archive (SRA), BioProject and BioSample.
The outcomes of the meeting are summarized below.
The Items Discussed and To Be Studied
SARS-CoV-2 Sequence Data Sharing
We consider that sharing sequence data related to SARS-CoV-2 is one of the most important task for INSDC.
We discussed some technical issues to accept SARS-CoV-2 sequences.
Continuing from 2020, we are encouraging the scientific communities to submit their SARS-CoV-2 sequences to INSDC databases.
See a statement.
Changing TPA data format
- For future submissions, we will no longer use /citation or /compare qualifiers.
Instead, use /inference qualifier.
- The format of /lat_lon qualifier will be extended to include 8 decimal places.
- The terms, “recombination_enhancer” and “uORF (or regulatory_uORF)” will be added to controlled vocabularies for /regulatory_class qualifier.
The modifications will be applied after October 2021 with the next revision of Feature Table Definition.