I just got an important email from the ENCODE announcement mailing list at UCSC Genome Browser. I haven’t had time to go through them as I’m packing for a trip, but I think the PDF document will make some fine airplane reading!
The ENCODE Consortium has finalized ‘Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices for RNA-Seq V1.0′, as part of the Consortium’s continuing effort to generate data standards. The document is available at the ENCODE portal here:
“RNA-Seq is a directed experimental approach aimed at characterizing transcription in biological samples. This document presents a set of guidelines and standards focused on best practices for creating ‘reference quality’ transcriptome measurements.”
It was followed by a direct link to the RNA-Seq PDF document: http://encodeproject.org/ENCODE/protocols/dataStandards/ENCODE_RNAseq_Standards_V1.0.pdf
I think it’s going to be interesting to read this, as I was just considering RNA-Seq data the other day when Stephen Turner started a discussion on some hot news: