The First RSBI (ISA-TAB) Workshop“Can a Simple Format Work for Complex Studies?”

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  • Susanna-Assunta Sansone(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Philippe Rocca-Serra(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Marco Brandizi(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Alvis Brazma(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Dawn Field(Author)
    Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Jennifer Fostel(Author)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Science
  • Andrew G. Garrow(Author)
  • Jack Gilbert(Author)
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Federico Goodsaid(Author)
    Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America
  • Nigel Hardy(Author)
  • Phil Jones(Author)
  • Allyson Lister(Author)
    Newcastle University
  • Michael Miller(Author)
    Rosetta Biosoftware
  • Norman Morrison(Author)
    Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
    NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre
    The University of Manchester
  • Tim Rayner(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Nataliya Sklyar(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Chris F. Taylor(Author)
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Weida Tong(Author)
    National Center for Toxicological Research
  • Guy Warner(Author)
  • Stefan Wiemann(Author)
    German Cancer Research Center
Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalOMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology
Issue number2
Early online date30 Apr 2008
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2008
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This article summarizes the motivation for, and the proceedings of, the first ISA-TAB workshop held December 6–8, 2007, at the EBI, Cambridge, UK. This exploratory workshop, organized by members of the Microarray Gene Expression Data (MGED) Society's Reporting Structure for Biological Investigations (RSBI) working group, brought together a group of developers of a range of collaborative systems to discuss the use of a common format to address the pressing need of reporting and communicating data and metadata from biological, biomedical, and environmental studies employing combinations of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics technologies along with more conventional methodologies. The expertise of the participants comprised database development, data management, and hands-on experience in the development of data communication standards. The workshop's outcomes are set to help formalize the proposed Investigation, Study, Assay (ISA)-TAB tab-delimited format for representing and communicating experimental metadata. This article is part of the special issue of OMICS on the activities of the Genomics Standards Consortium (GSC).