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Beta Cell Biology Consortium ends

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On August 1, 2015, the Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC) came to an end. Started in 2001 to understand beta cell biology and how to make beta cells, the BCBC provided information and access to its resources through the betacell.org web site. The Beta Cell Genomics component was based at CBIL and provided data mining of gene expression, epigenetic, and transcription factor binding datasets. The information previously found at those sites is now summarized in a Resource Catalog and all betacell.org and genomics.betacell.org URLs resolve to the Catalog. PDFs of the study pages can be found there along with links to ArrayExpress and GEO for functional genomics resources (note a small number are still not public yet at ArrayExpress). We have also provided a structured representation in OWL/RDF of genomics studies including study design, objectives, study factors, and where appropriate, gene lists. The studies are instantiation of the Beta Cell Genomics Ontology (BCGO, an application ontology based on OBI, the Ontology for Biomedical Investigations). Examples of SPARQL queries that can be performed on the OWL file are included in the form of competency questions.

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