Toward better data sharing methods for genebanks

Evangelia Papoutsoglou, Rajaram Kaliyaperumal, Theo Van Hintum, Richard G.F. Visser, Ioannis N. Athanasiadis, Richard Finkers

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The conservation of plant genetic resources (PGR) is an important task that requires collaborative effort from many stakeholders. For this, common means of data exchange and effective methods to profit from the collected information need to be established. In this paper, we describe a demonstrator promoting findability of PGR, according to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable) data principles. PGR providers can each expose their germplasm information, using the FAO Multicrop Passport Descriptor (MCPD), which subsequently can be queried in a distributed manner via a single user interface. PGR users can select among predefined questions, for example for specific crops, accessions or phenotypes. On the back end, data integration from a distributed query is achieved through annotations with the MCPD semantics.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Biodiversity: CEUR Workshop Proceedings - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 22 Oct 201722 Oct 2017


Conference2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Biodiversity


  • Data modelling
  • FAIR
  • Genebanks
  • Germplasm
  • Interoperability
  • Linked data
  • MCPD
  • Metadata
  • Plant genetic resources
  • Semantic web


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