such as "Introduction", "Conclusion"..etc
The GCP consortium was formally
established in 2003. The first meeting of the bioinformatics and crop
informatics development team of the GCP, designated as Subprogramme 4, was
hosted in Rome, in February 2004. The general user needs and project goals were coarsely mapped
out at this meeting, with some considerable differences in opinion voiced at
how to construct the required informatics framework for the GCP. In May 2004, a
smaller team of software experts met in Mexico to discuss project
management, identify key user needs and platform requirements, and make some
initial progress in the design of the system. Key decisions at this latter
meeting were the adoption of the “model-driven architecture” paradigm for
system development and to embrace web services as a key technology for global
integration of systems. Numerous development meetings have been convened
annually since these initial meetings to further refine and advance the design
and implementation of the platform.
particular, a milestone review of the GCP domain model and initial
software systems using the model was held in Pretoria, South Africa in
March 2006. Since that time, a number of early release versions of
software systems based on GCP platform technology have become
available, generally documented at http://pantheon.generationcp.org/
and publicly downloadable from various CropForge projects. A special
“communications” project for GCP-specific projects is also available on
CropForge at the http://cropforge.org/projects/gcpcomm to further inform prospective users on the variety of such GCP software tools
now available, and provide a venue for user discussions and feedback about the tools.
this light, a number of practical “use cases” may be described in
general terms, as a series of data manipulation
steps, to highlight some of the anticipated usage of the platform. As
an indication of the data retrieval and analysis scope of the GCP
platform, we describe a general integrative use case here below, in
terms of a series of defined steps.
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