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Human Genome News, May 1990; 2(1)
Joint Informatics Task Force Chaired by Dieter Soll
Human genome advisory committees from NIH and DOE, responding to the magnitude and complexity of mapping and sequencing data to be generated by the Human Genome Project, have established the Joint Informatics Task Force (JITF) to develop genome information and analysis tools and make them available to scientists and physicians.
This group, chaired by Dieter Soll of Yale University (see below for list of members), is responsible for identifying user needs, setting informatics goals, establishing research and development priorities, and enhancing the effectiveness of computational solutions to genome informatics problems. In addition, JITF will make recommendations to the Joint NIH-DOE Subcommittee on the Human Genome in both technical and policy areas relating to:
In addition to NIH and DOE, other agencies with responsibilities and activities in the area of genome informatics--the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the privately funded Howard Hughes Medical Institute--send representatives to the JITF meetings as liaison members. As necessary, JITF will convene ad hoc advisory panels to address specific technical and policy issues. JITF will also interact with international informatics groups in organizations such as the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO).
While most of the initial near-term efforts of JITF will focus on the development of mapping and sequencing software tools and the rapid and convenient dissemination of genetic map and DNA sequence data, the longer-term goals are more ambitious. These goals include the following:
As it begins its activities, JITF will consider development in the following areas:
The intent of JITF is to promote an ongoing dialogue with all persons interested in genome informatics. Comments or suggestions for improving the effectiveness of genome informatics should be directed to any of the JITF members. The first meeting of the JITF was held March 8-9 in Washington, D.C.
Submitted by Mark L. Pearson
Central Research & Development Department
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc.
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