Title

Advancing genomics through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA)

Authors

Christian R. Voolstra, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Marcin Adamski, Universitetet i Bergen
Shobhit Agrawal, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Agostinho Antunes, University of Porto, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research
Manuel Aranda, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Andy Baxevanis, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Mark Blaxter, The University of Edinburgh
Thomas Bosch, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Heather Bracken-Grissom, Florida International University
Jonathan Coddington, Smithsonian Institution
Timothy Collins, Florida International University
Keith Crandall, The George Washington University
Mikael Dahl, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Daniel Distel, Ocean Genome Legacy
Casey Dunn, Brown University
Michael Eitel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Jean Francois Flot, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Gonzalo Giribet, Harvard University
Fabrizio Ghiselli, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
Steven H.D. Haddock, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Kevin Kocot, The University of Alabama
Yi Jin Liew, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Audrey Majeske, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez
Bernhard Misof, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
Christopher Mungal, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Stephen J. O'Brien, Nova Southeastern University
Timothy Ravasi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Mauro de Freitas Rebelo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Ana Riesgo, The Natural History Museum, London
Christine Schnitzler, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Anja Schulze, Texas A and M University at Galveston
Billie Swalla, Friday Harbor Laboratories

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Journal

Invertebrate Systematics

Volume

31

Issue

1

DOI

10.1071/IS16059

Keywords

Biodiversity; Evolution; Genetics; Metazoa

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.

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