Objectives: The objectives are to provide a standard reference system for information on Bioinformatics data structures
that can be used to help support exchange and comparison of biological data sets in the life sciences disciplines.
The IEEE will support the standards submitted through the P1953 framework (described below). The IEEE will provide support
for the standards development process by providing resources, act as mediators upon request, act as consultants when
necessary to guide the development process and ensure global access to the standards upon release including hosting
workshops, conferences and other materials to support the standard.
The Bioinformatics Standards Committee (BSC) will act as a liaison between groups in the bioscience community who are
developing standards for biological objects and the IEEE. Initially, the BSC will survey the field to establish contacts
with the development groups and solicit volunteers to act as representatives for their group. The BSC will educate
standards development groups about the resources provided by the IEEE, provide a forum where different groups may
establish contact and submit prospective standards to the IEEE. The BSC will serve as a forum for proposed development
of standards in new areas and integration of established standards. The BSC will submit proposals to the IEEE for
projects, conferences, workshops related to standards in the area of life sciences.
P 1953, the proposed framework, will provide a consistent reference system or database framework for maintaining and
representing dynamic biological information. This information can then be used as needed as a consistent reference
source for aiding in the discovery, comparison, exchange, and integration of bioinformatics data sets throughout
the community. The IEEE successful mechanisms for announcing, incorporating and tracking changes will be used in
all P 1953 sections.