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Human Genome News Archive Edition

Human Genome News, May 1993; 5(1)

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GDB Adds Nodes in Sweden and the Netherlands

To increase Genome Data Base (GDB) accessibility outside the United States, additional nodes have been added in Sweden and the Netherlands. These nodes offer database and user support services equivalent to those available from GDB in Baltimore.

SWEDEN: The Swedish node is run by the Swedish Medical Research Council Genome Initiative, located at the Biomedical Center of Uppsala University.

GDB User Support
Biomedical Center, Box 570
S-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden
Int. 46/18-174057, Fax: -524869

NETHERLANDS: GDB service is made possible with the financial support of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. The node is run by the CAOS/CAMM Center (Dutch National Expertise Center for Computer-Assisted Chemistry and Bioinformatics). Services are intended primarily for users in the Netherlands, but international accessibility is provided via Internet.

GDB User Support
CAOS/CAMM Center, Faculty of Science
University of Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9010
6500 GL NIJMEGEN, Netherlands
Int. 31/80-653391, Fax: -652977

GDB Changes Submission Forms, Provides Electronic Templates

GDB recently made important changes in paper data-submission forms:

  • replacement of the D-Segment Submission Form with the Cloned Reagent Submission Sheet to simplify submission of data associated with mapping reagents and D-segment assignment, where applicable;
  • introduction of the Contig Submission Form to assist physical mapping laboratories in transmitting data to GDB; and
  • slight changes in the PCR Submission Form to reflect modifications in GDB 5.0.

Many investigators recognize the advantages of electronic submissions (via the Internet or diskettes) over paper submission forms: (1) data enters the database much more quickly and (2) laboratories that have repetitive information for submitted elements can enter common conditions in the template, which can be copied for each element. GDB provides a suite of templates that can be imported into word processors, spread sheets, and text editors.

Electronic templates and postscript files for paper submission forms are available through the GDB anonymous ftp server in the gdb/submit-data directory [ (]. After logging in, requestors should type anonymous at the login prompt and their e-mail address at the password prompt. Mac or PC diskettes and copies of paper forms can be requested. [Contact: GDB Data Maintenance and Acquisition Core; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; 2024 E. Monument Street; Baltimore, MD 21205-2100 (410/955-9656, Fax: /614-0434, Internet:]

GDB User Support, Registration

To become a registered user of GDB and OMIM, contact one of the User Support offices listed at right (a user may register to access both Baltimore and a remote node). Questions, problems, or user-registration requests may be sent by telephone, fax, or e-mail. User-registration requests should include name, institutional affiliation, and title (if applicable), street address (no P.O. box numbers), telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

GDB and OMIM Training Schedule

Comprehensive hands-on training courses on the use of GDB and OMIM will have at least one computer workstation for two participants. Registrants will receive at least 3 weeks notice if insufficient registration causes class cancellation.

  • The general course for scientific users provides a basic understanding of the databases and relationships among different types of data.
  • The course for users with editing privileges includes instructions on adding, modifying, and deleting GDB data.

Class frequency and location will be determined by demand (schedule below). Courses are free, but attendees must pay their own travel and lodging expenses. Hotel information and directions will be mailed with registration materials.

As interest in GDB continues to grow, organizations around the world will offer training that requires access to GDB in Baltimore. Notifying GDB User Support about planned training activities will enable the staff to ensure database availability by scheduling maintenance and repairs at other times.

Course Registration Information

Contact U.S. GDB User Support Office.

Course Schedule

General User: June 21-22, Baltimore.

User Support Offices

United States
GDB User Support
Applied Research Laboratory
William H. Welch Med. Library
Johns Hopkins University
2024 E. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205-2100
410/955-7058, Fax: 410/614-0434

The Help Line is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST for information on accounts and training courses, technical support, and data questions. Calls received after hours will be forwarded to the appropriate voice mail and returned as soon as possible. To obtain a user's local SprintNet (Telenet) number for locations within the United States: 800/736-1130.

United Kingdom
Christine Bates
Human Gene Mapping Program Resource Center
CRC, Watford Road
Harrow, Middx HA1 3UJ, U.K.
Int. 44/81-869-3446 Fax: Int. 44/81-869-3807

Otto Ritter
Molecular Biophysics Dept.
German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
D-6900 Heidelberg, FRG
Int. 49/6221-42-2372 Fax: Int. 49/6221-42-2333

Alex Reisner
Electrical Engineering Bldg. J03
University of Sydney
Sydney, N.S.W. 2006, Australia
Int. 61/2-692-2948 Fax: Int. 61/2-692-3847


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