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About the AGC

The Arthropod Genomic Consortium brings together resources and expertise in bioinformatics and functional genomics to support scientists in the application of genomic approaches to solving problems in arthropod biology related to human, animal and plant health. The Consortium encourages interactions and collaborations between its members and other scientists around the world who are studying arthropods at the genomic level.

Mission Statement

The Arthropod Genomics Consortium is organized to increase collaboration and information exchange among the community of scientists performing genomic studies on arthropods. Promoting pathways of communication and sharing expertise across the consortium will cost-effectively deliver outcomes such as software/databases, standard nomenclature, and white papers supporting organism sequencing, all of which contribute to future comparative genomic and phylogenetic studies. The information/resources attained will be used to seek funding to advance the study of arthropods.

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The AGC steering committee consists of the following people:

Michael Akam, University of Cambridge
Sue Brown, Kansas State University
Chris Elsik, University of Missouri
Scott Emrich, University of Notre Dame
Bill Gelbart, Harvard University
Don Gilbert, Indiana University
Marian Goldsmith, University of Rhode Island
Thomas Kaufman, Indiana University
Bruce Schatz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Denis Tagu, INRA, Rennes, France

Advisors to the committee include:

Stephen Richards, Baylor College of Medicine
Terence Murphy, NCBI
Scott Cain, GMOD

Invitation to join the consortium

Please join us in uniting diverse arthropod research groups into a world-wide consortium. To start, please join the consortium and help us compile a comprehensive listing of the species being studied, the motivation for those studies, the expected outcomes and applications. To do so, simply click on the 'Adding data' tab above and follow the appropriate links. There are separate forms for contact information and research interests, organisms studied and genomic resources available, and one to update genome sequencing project status and white paper access. This info will allow consortium members to identify potential collaborators and genomics/bioinformatics resources. In addition, we will use it to draft white papers and focus lobbying efforts. The first thing a funding agency asks is “show me the community”. We are developing this wiki to do just that. We have started by dividing the diverse species into four working groups, around which we plan to write white papers.

The current working groups are:

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Adding data to this wiki

We need your help in making this wiki work, and that means as many people adding content as possible. We realize that many research organisms fit into multiple categories but for the moment please choose the one that best fit your research area

Please list your organism on the section home page and provide a paragraph or two of text describing the status of genomics in your organism (ie ESTs available, genome available), what resources are lacking and why they are needed.

You can check whether your species is already present by using the Species page.

  • Why not register for a user account on this wiki?
  • Add Person information using the Person form.
  • Add Species information using the Species form.
  • A guide on how to sign up to the wiki is available.

This wiki uses the SemanticMediawiki extensions so that many of the main pages (Species,Person) do not need direct editing. Instead data can be added using the above forms and this will automatically get displayed in the relevant page (e.g. add species of interest to your person page and your name will appear in the species one, there is no need to edit the species page). The site is still under development and comments/ideas for improvements are very welcome.

If you have any questions of difficulties whilst updating pages please contact Daniel Lawson

Thanks for your help and welcome to the consortium.
The Arthropod Genomic Consortium

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