Web service platform to provide access to maize diversity data

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2015-01-01
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Vinnakota, Abhinav
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Leslie Miller
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Computer Science—the theory, representation, processing, communication and use of information—is fundamentally transforming every aspect of human endeavor. The Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University advances computational and information sciences through; 1. educational and research programs within and beyond the university; 2. active engagement to help define national and international research, and 3. educational agendas, and sustained commitment to graduating leaders for academia, industry and government.

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The Computer Science Department was officially established in 1969, with Robert Stewart serving as the founding Department Chair. Faculty were composed of joint appointments with Mathematics, Statistics, and Electrical Engineering. In 1969, the building which now houses the Computer Science department, then simply called the Computer Science building, was completed. Later it was named Atanasoff Hall. Throughout the 1980s to present, the department expanded and developed its teaching and research agendas to cover many areas of computing.

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Maize is one of the most important crops in the world. The maize genome is very complex and has huge genetic diversity. To understand the genome and its diversity the genes were sequenced. New approaches for sequencing like genotyping by sequencing (GBS) were developed which led a flood of diversity data. This led to a data storage and accessibility problem. The available data was stored in HDF5 format. Accessing the data through various tools was very complicated. The data was not easily accessible on the internet.

We tackle all these issues and provide a better experience for the user. In particular, we create a big data database with modern techniques including web service tools and an API to query the data and present it in a format useful to the maize community.

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