Best Practices to Promote Data Utility and Reuse by the Non-Traditional Model Organism Community

Garrett S Dunlap, Nicholas D Leigh

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The dramatic increase in accessibility to sequencing technologies has opened new avenues into studying different processes, cells, and animal models. In the amphibian models used for regeneration research, these new datasets have uncovered a variety of information about what genes define the regenerating limb as well as how genes and cells change over the course of regeneration. The accumulation of data from these studies undoubtedly increases our understanding of regeneration. Throughout these studies, it is important to consider how data can be made most useful not only for the primary study but also for reuse within the scientific community. This chapter will focus on best practices for data collection and handling as well as principles to promote access and reuse of big datasets. However, the deposition and thorough description of data of all sizes generated for a publication (e.g., images, fcs files, etc.) can also be done following this generic workflow. The aim is to lower hurdles for reuse, access, and re-evaluation of data which will in turn increase the utility of these datasets and accelerate scientific progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-469
Number of pages9
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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© 2023. The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Medical Genetics

Free keywords

  • Workflow
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Data Collection
  • Technology


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