Meeting Schedule

General Information:
AgBioData webinars are held generally on the first Wednesday of each month at 10A PT | 11A MT | 12P CT | 1P ET. 
Connection details are distributed about a week before the webinar via email to the AgBioData members.
Visit the registration page to become a member and sign up for the email list.

2021 Meetings:

  • October, 6th  -  Allyson Lister, FAIRsharing

    FAIRsharing: promoting the discovery of data standards, policies and databases across all research domains

    Abstract text: FAIRsharing is an informative and educational resource on interlinked standards, repositories and policies, three key elements of the FAIR ecosystem. FAIRsharing promotes the existence and value of these standards, repositories and policies, fostering a culture change within the research community into one where the use of these resources for FAIRer data is pervasive and seamless. This is achieved by guiding consumers to discover, select and use these resources with confidence, and helping producers to make their resources more visible, more widely adopted and cited. This presentation will highlight key collaborative, successful activities as well as next steps within FAIRsharing. It will also provide information on how to become a recommended repository in FAIRsharing and how to use FAIRsharing to engage with your stakeholders as well as with journal publishers and their data policies.

  • November, 3rd  -  Irene Papatheodorou - EBI's Expression Atlas and in particular single-cell gene expression across agricultural species (animals and plants)
  • December, 1st  -  TBA

Past Meetings 2021

  • September, 1st  -  AgBioData RCN grant - Lisa Harper & Eva Huala
    Help us chart the future of agricultural data!
    Do you want easy access to better quality data? 
    We are THRILLED to announce that AgBioData ( has received a three-year NSF RCN award to expand our community committed to improving quality and access to agricultural data. New activities will include organizing workshops, establishing new working groups, and developing FAIR curriculum for scientists.  We are expanding the consortium and welcome new members, especially students, post-docs, big-data scientists, funding agency scientists and members of the scientific publishing community interested in solving common FAIR data issues.
    • RCN objectives,
    • benefits of joining AgBioData,
    • and how YOU can make a difference in the biological data environment for years to come.
  • August, 4th  -  Noah Fahlgren, Malia Gehan both from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Discuss interactions between the phenomics and database communities
    High-throughput phenotyping has emerged as a promising area in plant, animal, and agricultural sciences that brings together researchers from life sciences, engineering, computer science, data science, mathematics, and other research fields to develop technologies for rapidly and accurately measuring phenotypes using robotics, imaging, and other tools. High-throughput phenotyping can be done at different scales, from cellular to ecological, typically using image-based approaches for data collection and analysis. The development of computer vision and machine learning approaches to extract biologically meaningful measurements from images, including physical, physiological, morphological, and qualitative properties of crops and livestock, is a major activity within the field. Phenotype datasets can be used for a variety of purposes, but in conjunction with large genomic datasets, are a powerful tool for linking phenotype to genotype, training genomic prediction models, and other approaches that integrate genetic, phenotypic, and environmental datasets.  We will introduce our efforts to develop PlantCV (, an open-source platform for image-based plant phenotyping, and discuss opportunities for collaboration between the phenomics and database communities. 
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  • June, 2nd  -  Lisa Harper - Dealing with gene models from 50 different reference genomes. A progress report from MaizeGDB.   MaizeGDB now hosts over 50 reference-quality genome assemblies and their associated gene model sets and metadata. We have started to use a "Pan-Gene" concept to group syntelogs. We define a pan-gene as the set of gene models from multiple genomes that appear to represent the same gene. After I show you how we are implementing this at MaizeGDB, let's have a discussion about how other databases are dealing with this gene model explosion.
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  • May, 5th  -  Monica Poelchau, Recommendations from the AgBioData GFF3 working group  Over a year ago, AgBioData convened a discussion on GFF3 formatting issues, led by Scott Cain. This discussion led us to form the AgBioData GFF3 working group. Our goals are to 1) identify common problems with the GFF3 format; 2) recommend solutions for these problems; and 3) promote community adoption of these recommendations, so that data can be formatted in standard ways across databases. Members of AgBioData, Alliance of Genome Resources, and NCBI have been working on these goals for the past year. We are now ready to receive feedback from the AgBioData community on our recommendations, in order to get traction on the final goal – community adoption of these solutions.
    Recording |  Slides |
  • April, 7th  -  Guest speaker Peifen Zhang.  PhyloGenes ( presents precomputed phylogenetic trees of plant gene families along with known functions for individual family members. By displaying experimentally validated gene functions associated to individual genes within a tree, PhyloGenes enables functional inference for genes of uncharacterized function, based on their evolutionary relationships to experimentally studied genes, in a visually traceable manner. For the many families containing genes that have evolved to perform different functions, PhyloGenes also facilitates the study of function evolution. The current PhyloGenes release (version 2.2) includes 40 plant genomes covering a broad taxonomic range and including all major crops, along with 10 non-plant model organisms represented in over 8,000 gene families. Over two-thirds of the families have at least one member with a validated known function as GO terms. To increase the predictive power of PhyloGenes, future work will involve community contribution and emphasize on incorporating new functional annotations of family members across families and subfamilies, and also adding complementary functional datasets such as gene expression and mutant phenotype. 
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  • March, 3rd  -  Jack Gardiner and Lisa Harper will lead a discussion on: Metabolomics- What is it and how might it lend insight into our understanding of complex biological traits. 
    Recording | Slides |
  • February, 3rd  -  Chuck Cook, The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) is working with funders to encourage more efficient collaboration in funding data resources and to sustain funding for critical data resources. More info at the GBC website, including pdfs of past talks:
    Contact Chuck via email 
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  • January 13th -  Imma Subirats & Kristin Kolshus, AGROVOC Ontologies.   During this webinar, the AGROVOC Team from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will introduce how AGROVOC is kept up to date with a number of institutions and individual domain experts serving as focal points for specific languages and topics. 
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  • December 2: Dr. Anne Brown (PostDoc USDA-ARS) and Andrew Wilkey (ORISE Fellow) will talk about the Genotype Comparison Visualization Tool (GCViT). | Recording |
  • October 7 Guest Speaker: WheatIS | Recording |
  • September 2nd: Guest Speaker: Dr. Sierra Moxon talk about data models and exchange protocols. | Recording | Slides |
  • August 5th: Group discussion: "What has AgBioData done for you & your database?" | Notes |
  • June 3rd: Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie Dunning Hotopp talk about secondary data usage | Recording | Slides |
  • May 6th: Group discussion: Pan-genomes | Recording | Slides |
  • April 8th: Guest speaker: Medha Devare from CGIAR, will be talking about the Gardian platform | Recording |
  • March 4th: Group discussion: GFF format nightmares | Recording | Slides | Notes |
  • February 5th: Moira Sheehan will talk about the Breeding Insights Platform | RecordingSlides |
  • January 13th: 10am - 12pm PST - In Person Meeting at PAGXXVIII