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Advancing genomics through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA)

Christian R. Voolstra A , GIGA Community of Scientists (COS) 1 , Gert Wörheide B D and Jose V. Lopez C D
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A Red Sea Research Center, Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia.

B Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Palaeontology & Geobiology, and GeoBio-Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Richard-Wagner Str. 10, 80333, SNSB – Bavarian State Collections of Palaeontology and Geology, Richard-Wagner Str. 10, 80333 Munich, Germany.

C Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004, USA.

D Corresponding authors. Email: woerheide@lmu.de; joslo@nova.edu

Invertebrate Systematics 31(1) 1-7 https://doi.org/10.1071/IS16059
Submitted: 11 August 2016  Accepted: 10 October 2016   Published: 16 March 2017

Abstract

The Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA), a collaborative network of diverse scientists, marked its second anniversary with a workshop in Munich, Germany in 2015, where international attendees focused on discussing current progress, milestones and bioinformatics resources. The community determined the recruitment and training of talented researchers as one of the most pressing future needs and identified opportunities for network funding. GIGA also promotes future research efforts to prioritise taxonomic diversity and create new synergies. Here, we announce the generation of a central and simple data repository portal with a wide coverage of available sequence data, via the compagen platform, in parallel with more focused and specialised organism databases to globally advance invertebrate genomics. This article serves the objectives of GIGA by disseminating current progress and future prospects in the science of invertebrate genomics with the aim of promotion and facilitation of interdisciplinary and international research.

Additional keywords: biodiversity, evolution, genetics, Metazoa.


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