5. Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM).
A free information-service platform to help culture collections to manage, disseminate, and share information related to their holdings. Fifty-two different collections from 25 countries. By year end 2014, there will be 100 collections. Small collections will be offered support in creating their own linking homepages. Includes detailed strain information (e.g., patents, sequences, bioinformatics analysis), related citations, isolation sources, geographic origin, phylogenetic analysis, species identification, and access to online exchange of data. Drill-down information available for countries. Searches can be refined by collection, temperature, organism type, and isolation origin, and can be displayed in multiple formats. Android version available; iPad version soon to be released

6. Statistics on Organism Patents.
Via collaboration with World Intellectual Property Organization, information and statistics on patents associated with culture collections.

7. Resources:
Nomenclature—National Center for Biolotechnology Information, Species 2000, List of Prokaryotic Names with Standing in Nomenclature.
Metagenome—Joint Genome Institute (JGI, U.S. Department of Energy). Metagenome portal, European Bioinformatics Institute Metagenomics, metagenome submission guide.

8. The World Directory of Culture Collections.
Book. Sixth version will be released in 2014; 191 collections updated their information in 2013.

1 WDCM Reference Strain Catalogue, available at http://refs.wdcm.org/home.htm.

SOURCE: Ma presentation, 2013.

collections and databases. Issues that should be addressed by all culture collections before sharing would include

  • Data standards: What do we need? What can we share? Minimum datasets (MDS) and recommended datasets (RDS). Range of microorganisms and software development.
  • Data policy, software availability for data sharing, data club (should it be member only?). The data in WDCM’s Global Catalogue are currently open to all.

Ma proposed development of a Global Catalogue for Microbial Forensics, as outlined in Box 6-10. He noted that a Global Microbial Forensics Catalogue and its knowledge base would make the discipline more vis-

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