35th ICM: May 23-27 2022, teleconference
International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC),
consisted of DDBJ Center, EBI and NCBI,
hold the international collaborators meeting every year.
In 2022, the meeting was to be held at NCBI. However, because of the influence of COVID-19, the meeting was held 23-27 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
For the INSDC operation
- The status document was revised.
- We discussed the challenges that will arise when migrating data to the cloud in the future.
The strategies would be required non-reliance on a specific vendor, data kept at two or more sites, and so on.
- The design of the INSDC site is improved.
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 discussions in 2020 and 2021, we are encouraging the scientific communities to submit their SARS-CoV-2 sequences to INSDC databases.
We strongly recommend submitters of viral data provide following items
- /isolate qualifier with the identifier in the recommended format by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses
See The species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus: classifying 2019-nCoV and naming it SARS-CoV-2
- /host qualifier
- /collection_date qualifier
- /country qualifier
Verification for large scale data
NCBI introduced the following tools:
- Two new controlled vocabularies for /type_material qualifier will be introduced, “not verified as type” and “not considered type”, that are not so usually used.
- By the end of 2022, we are planning to require that all new submissions include /country and /collection_date qualifiers for each entry.
We are investigating operational issues for that.
See Spatio-temporal annotation policy (18-11-2021).