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1st International Biocurator Meeting
Pacific Grove, CA * December 8-11, 2005

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Sponsored by The Genetics Society of America,
National Institutes of Health (NIH),
National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Meeting Purpose
This meeting will provide a forum for curators and developers of biological databases to discuss their work, promote collaboration, and foster a sense of community in this very active and growing area of research.  Participants from academia, government, and industry interested in the methods and tools employed in curation of biological data are encouraged to attend.

Meeting Program
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Thursday, December 8, 2005
3:00-7:00Arrival / Registration
Friday, December 9, 2005
8:45-9:00Welcome and Introductions
9:00-10:00Plenary Speaker:
Rolf Apweiler, EMBL-EBI
10:30-12:00Session I (Chair: Maria Costanzo):
Literature collection and curation
1:30-3:00Session II (Chair: Takashi Gojobori):
Genome sequence annotation and comparative genomics
3:30-5:00Session III (Chair: Simon Twigger):
Theme: Literature curation and genome sequence annotation
5:00-5:30Minority Recruitment (Lee Bitsoi)
5:30-6:00Discussion (Moderator: Sima Misra)
Open discussion on the days topics
7:30-10:00Poster Session I
Saturday, December 10, 2005
9:00-10:00Plenary Speaker:
Russ Altman, Stanford University
10:30-12:00Session IV (Chair: Win Hide):
Ontology Development
1:30-3:00Session V (Chair: Sean May):
Functional genomics data curation
3:30-5:00Session VI (Chair: Sue Rhee):
Ontology development and functional genomics data curation
5:00-6:00Discussion (Moderator: Sima Misra)
Open discussion on the days topics
7:30-10:00Poster Session II
Sunday, December 11, 2005
9:00-10:00Plenary Speaker:
Mike Tyers, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
10:00-10:40Session VII (Chair: Doug Howe):
Speakers selected from Abstracts
11:00-12:00Meeting evaluation and future planning
Meeting Registration is now closed
Meeting Registration deadline: October 11, 2005
$75 (US dollars) for Genetics Society of America (GSA) members
$100 (US dollars) for non-members.
Please see the Genetics Society of America Website for membership details

Meeting registration payment must be in the form of a check made out to:
Carnegie Institution

Mail Check to:
Carnegie Institution
Department of Plant Biology
Attn: Julie Tacklind
260 Panama St.
Stanford, CA 94305

Checks may be drawn on US or international banks. No other forms of payment will be accepted.

Lodging and Meals at Asilomar

Asilomar Lodging Reservation Deadline: October 11, 2005
Reservation of lodging and meals at Asilomar is handled directly by Asilomar. Reservations include 3 nights housing and meals including dinner December 8 through lunch December 11. Payment can be made by check or credit card.

Please follow the link above and mail the completed form to:
Asilomar Conference Grounds
P.O. Box 537
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Alternatively, you may fax the completed form to:

Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 11, 2005
Plenary Speakers
Rolf Apweiler, EBI
Russ Altman, Stanford University
Mike Tyers, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Focus Areas
Literature Curation
Genome Sequence Annotation
Functional Genomics Annotation
Contact Person
Sue Rhee -The Arabidopsis Information Resource, Carnegie Institution-

Meeting Location
The Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove, CA * 93950

Transportation to the meeting site
Driving directions
Shuttle reservations from SFO(~$55) or SJC(~$45) to Asilomar

Organizing Committee
Richard Bruskiewich
  -International Rice Research Institute, the Philippines
Maria Costanzo
  -Saccharomyces Genome Database, Stanford University, USA
Kara Dolinski
  -Saccharomyces Genome Database, Princeton University, USA
Takashi Gojobori
  -Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan, National
Institute of Genetics, Japan
Win Hide
  -South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Doug Howe
  -Zebrafish Information Network, University of Oregon, USA
Sean May
  -NASC, the European Arabidopsis Stock Centre, UK
Gillian Millburn
  -FlyBase, University of Cambridge, UK
Sima Misra
  -FlyBase and BDGP, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Mary Schaeffer
  -USDA ARS and University of Missouri, USA
Sue Rhee
  The Arabidopsis Information Resource, Carnegie Institution, USA
Simon Twigger
  -Rat Genome Database, Medical College of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA
Yukiko Yamazaki
  -Oryzabase, National Institute of Genetics, Japan