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Genesys: Online portal to Genebank Data


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Presentation to Genebank Platform side event, ITPGRFA 7th Governing Body meeting, 2017, Kigali, Rwanda

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Genesys: Online portal to Genebank Data

  1. 1. Genesys in numbers • 3,6 million records • 434 institutions • 359 botanical families • 5939 genera
  2. 2. Data aggregation • Individual genebanks and networks • EURISCO: 1,8 million accessions. • USDA-ARS NPGS: 580.000 accessions. • CGIAR: 750.000 accessions. • WorldVeg: 60.235 accessions. • CATIE: 1.990 accessions.
  3. 3. Georeferenced accessions in Genesys
  4. 4. But still some data gaps… Source: and
  5. 5. Source: and But still some data gaps…
  6. 6. New data providers: Data provider agreement. 2013: CIP, IITA, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, IRRI, ICRAF, AVRDC 2014: ICARDA, ILRI, AfricaRice, URG/IER (MLI), BIOVERSITY, WGRC-KSU (USA) 2015: Seed Savers Exchange (USA), SADC Plant genetic Resources Centre (ZMB) 2016: Embrapa (BRA), SPC (FJI), APG (AUS), CIAT, AGG (AUS) 2017: CATIE (CRI), GeRRI-KALRO (KEN), MARDI (MYS), NPGRL (PHL), NGBT (TUN) Data providers
  7. 7. • Genesys aggregates data without alteration. • Tool to validate coordinates and scientific names • Passport Data Completeness Index (PDCI) Data validation
  8. 8. Partners • WorldVeg (Taiwan), CATIE (Costa Rica), GeRRI (Kenya), BNG (Tunisia), NPGRL (Philippines), MARDI (Malaysia). Expected outcomes • Partners establish written procedures, develop and test checklists for data publication. • Genesys Catalog infrastructure developed, tested and established. • Characterization and evaluation datasets (and metadata) are integrated and visible through the Catalog. Genesys Catalog
  9. 9. Advantages of using Genesys Internally • Establish written data management procedures. • Organize internal documentation workflows. • Preserve data and prevent data loss. • Give context to characterization and evaluation data (who, what, where, when, how). • Improved access by clients. • Improve identification of germplasm for breeding. • Increase use of accessions. • Data reuse: further research, teaching, planning. • Use of attractive and user friendly portal. • Reduced costs (portal development, maintenance and hosting). • Germplasm ordering functionality.
  10. 10. Use Module • DOIs implementation (GLIS). • Interoperability with other systems (BrAPI – Excellence in Breeding Platform). • Active participation of CGIAR community: – Data maintenance (frequent updates). – Development of visualization tools. – Subsets creation to better answer germplasm user needs.
  11. 11. Genesys and DOIs
  12. 12. Several options to publish data: API Standalone tool for Windows and OS X GRIN-Global Genesys Helpdesk ( National Focal Points (NFPs) may use Genesys to report on the implementation of the Second GPA. By publishing collection data on Genesys the NFPs do not have to submit accession-level passport data again to FAO. FAO should be informed accordingly ( Data providers