Over the past couple of months at the monthly webinars, we have been talking about and asking for input on two organizational documents; Code of Conduct, and a Privacy statement.  After careful review and consideration, both have been adopted by the Steering Committee and posted on the website.

With these two documents in place, the AgBioData Slack workspace is now open to all in the AgBioData community, and hope you will join us.  The link to join can be found at | Community | Join AgBioData Slack or by clicking here.  Our hope is that this will become another avenue to connect you with other data professionals for thoughtful exchanges, and a forum to ask questions and engage on a real-time basis.

Below are the details of the June 2nd AgBioData webinar, we look forward to seeing you and hope your schedule allows you to join us next Wednesday.

All the best,

Darwin Campbell, AgBioData coordinator
on behalf of the AgBioData steering committee

Jacqueline Campbell
Ethalinda Cannon
Laurel Cooper
Lisa Harper
Sook Jung
Monica Poelchau
Meg Staton
Leonore Reiser
Marcela K. Tello-Ruiz
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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Hosted by Lisa Harper
1 hour | 1P ET | 12P CT | 11A MT | 10A PT
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Lisa Harper with MaizeGDB: Dealing with gene models from 50 different reference genomes.  A progress report from MaizeGDB.
MaizeGDB now hosts over 50 reference quality genome assemblies and their associated gene model sets and metadata. We have started to use a “Pan-Gene” concept to group syntelogs. We define a pan-gene as the set of gene models from multiple genomes that appear to represent the same gene. After I show you how we are implementing this at MaizeGDB, let's have a discussion about how other databases are dealing with this gene model explosion.

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Past webinars can be found here.