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There are six major standardization projects being pursued by the group:

  1. MIAME - The formulation of the minimum information about a microarray experiment required to interpret and verify the results.
  2. MAGE - The establishment of a data exchange format (MAGE-ML) and object model (MAGE-OM) for microarray experiments. Also, a simple spreadsheet-based, MIAME-supportive format for microarray data called MAGE-TAB.
  3. MINSEQE - The development of the Minimum Information about a high-throughput SEQuencing Experiment standard for Ultra High-Throughtput Sequencing experiments.
  4. MISFISHIE - The development of the Minimum Information Specification For In Situ Hybridization and Immunohistochemistry Experiments required to interpret and verify the results.
  5. Ontologies (OWG) - The development of ontologies for microarray experiment description and biological material (biomaterial) annotation in particular.
  6. RSBI WGs - Reporting Structure for Biological Investigations Working Groups (RSBI WGs) - A single point of focus for biological, biomedical and environmental groups using multi-omics technologies in combination. The group has developed ISA-TAB, a simple spreedsheet based format for multi-omics studies.
  7. Transformations - The development of recommendations regarding microarray data transformations and normalization methods.
  8. UHTS Data Quality - more detail later

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