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Welcome to Genesys - the Global Gateway to Genetic Resources
Genesys is a global portal to information about Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA). It is a gateway from which germplasm accessions from genebanks around the world can be easily found and ordered.
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Accession records of Vavilov Institute (RUS001) match EURISCO
We have received reports of differences in accession-level data from Vavilov institute (RUS001) on Genesys, EURISCO database and in VIRDB database. The difference in numbers was significant: EURISCO contained 123,430 accession records from VIR, VIRDB contained 230,000 and Genesys reported over 330,000 records from the Vavilov Research Institute.
Our database contained VIR records that are not registered in the current EURISCO database. These records had “VIR” as a prefix of the accession number. The records were added to the Genesys database before 2013 and we were unable to track down the original source of data. We have removed the conflicting records from the active Genesys database and have obtained a dataset matching EURISCO data.
Genesys features Universally Unique Identifiers (UUID) for accession records and makes records accessible through Permanent URLs using PURL.org service. The archived records remain resolvable and accessing the PURLs of archived records will return the archived data. One example is accession record VIR100000053: https://purl.org/germplasm/id/b41778b1-a8be-4eb2-9e4e-b02014281ab6
Future updates of VIR data will generate proper records in Genesys. With this action, we have moved 217,178 accession records with “VIR” prefix to the Genesys archive and they are no longer listed in the active database.
Genesys portal received an updated look-and-feel that makes it more intuitive to understand and use. We’ve added URL Shortener service so you can easily share your filtered results. We’ve introduced filtering on automatically-detected accession “sequence” number. We’ve made the PDCI charts public and also display climatic information from collecting site for geo-referenced accessions.
Cluster instances on Amazon EC2 were upgraded from Ubuntu 14.10 LTS to Ubuntu 15.04. We upgraded Java to OpenJDK 8 as Genesys relies on some of the new Java 8 features. Programming wise, we’ve upgraded Spring Framework from 3.2.10 release to 4.2.1. Updated caching headers ensure that you’re browsing Genesys securely, while allowing for some content to be efficiently cached. The list of changes to the source code is available though the Genesys git repository at Bitbucket.
Genesys Sandbox environment
We are working on an updated version of Genesys software and improving the content of the website. Feel free to explore the Genesys Sandbox and provide your feedback to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Passport Data Completeness Index
PDCI is an indicator of completeness of accession passport data. We are currently reviewing the implementation of the calculations on Genesys and have enabled access to PDCI score only for registered users of Genesys.
Database upgrade completed
Genesys database was upgraded to allow for enhanced handling of archived accession data. Accession records in Genesys are assigned a Universally Unique Identifier and are accessible with Persistent Uniform Resource Locators.
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