Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2005
  • Initiating Organization: GSC
  • Initiator Type: Third-party organization
  • No disease focus
  • Location: International
genomic standards consortium


The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) is an open-membership working body formed in September 2005. The goal of this international community is to promote mechanisms that standardize the description of genomes and the exchange and integration of genomic data.


Community-driven standards have the best chance of success if developed within the auspices of international working groups. Participants in GSC include biologists, computer scientists, those building genomic databases and conducting large-scale comparative genomic analyses, and those with experience in building community-based standards.

GSC’s mission is to work with the wider community toward the following:

Consortium History

2005: Metagenomics, MetaData, MetaAnalysis, Models, and MetaInfrastructure Project
2005: Minimum Information about any Sequence Project
2007: Genomic Contextual Data Markup Language Project
2007: Genomic Rosetta Stone Project
2008: Standards in Genomic Sciences Journal Project
2009: Microbial Earth Project
2009: GSC Biodiversity Working Group
2010: MixS Compliance and Interoperability Working Group Project
2011: Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology Project
2011: The Biological Observation Matrix (BIOM) format Project
2011: Minimum Information about a Genomic Observatory Project
2012: Environment Ontology Project
2012: MixS for Indoor metagenomics Project
2012: Genomic Observatories Project
2012: Biocode Commons Project
2012: ISA Infrastructure Project
2013: Minimum Information on a Phenotype MicroArray Study
2013: Minimum Information about a biosynthetic gene cluster project

Structure & Governance

The GSC Board was established in April 2009 to improve communication within GSC, build GSC strategy, help move the community toward formalization (long-term sustainability, transparency, and vision), improve community-level representation, and help foster strategic partnerships with other communities.

The Board has monthly teleconferences and in-person meetings at each GSC workshop.


Although the vast majority of GSC efforts are contributed on a volunteer basis by a wide range of participants, GSC gratefully acknowledges that it has received formal funding for the following activities. Starting 2012, GSC has an Industry Annual Subscription Program. There are three levels of sponsorship — silver, gold, and platinum — each with specific benefits for the sponsor.

Points of Contact

GSC Secretary

Sponsors & Partners

GSC has an open membership policy. To join GSC, contact one of the members or send an email to the GSC secretary.

Last Updated: 04/22/2016

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