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Open Access Commentary

On the evolving portfolio of community-standards and data sharing policies: turning challenges into new opportunities

Susanna-Assunta Sansone* and Philippe Rocca-Serra

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Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

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GigaScience 2012, 1:10  doi:10.1186/2047-217X-1-10

Published: 12 July 2012

Abstract

There are thousands of biology databases with hundreds of terminologies, reporting guidelines, representations models, and exchange formats to help annotate, report, and share bioscience investigations. It is evident, however, that researchers and bioinformaticians struggle to navigate the various standards and to find the appropriate database to collect, manage, and share data. Further, policy makers, funders, and publishers lack sufficient information to formulate their guidelines. In this paper, we highlight a number of key issues that can be used to turn these challenges into new opportunities. It is time for all stakeholders to work together to reconcile cause and effect and make the data-sharing culture functional and efficient.

Keywords:
Standard; Ontology; Data sharing; Curation; Data policy; ISA commons; ISA-Tab; BioSharing