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Open Access Commentary

Dissemination of metabolomics results: role of MetaboLights and COSMOS

Reza M Salek12*, Kenneth Haug1 and Christoph Steinbeck1

Author Affiliations

1 European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire CB10 1SD, UK

2 Department of Biochemistry and Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1GA, UK

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GigaScience 2013, 2:8  doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-8

Published: 17 May 2013

Abstract

With ever-increasing amounts of metabolomics data produced each year, there is an even greater need to disseminate data and knowledge produced in a standard and reproducible way. To assist with this a general purpose, open source metabolomics repository, MetaboLights, was launched in 2012. To promote a community standard, initially culminated as metabolomics standards initiative (MSI), COordination of Standards in MetabOlomicS (COSMOS) was introduced. COSMOS aims to link life science e-infrastructures within the worldwide metabolomics community as well as develop and maintain open source exchange formats for raw and processed data, ensuring better flow of metabolomics information.

Keywords:
Metabolomics; MetaboLights; Database; Repository; Data sharing; Standard; MSI; ISA-Tab; Curation; COSMOS