Other Miminal Information projects

MIATA is not the only minimal information project that was proposed to increase the quality of reported results from cellular assays.

Important other Minimal Information projects with overlap to MIATA are:

  • MIACA = Minimal Information About a Cellular Assay
  • MIFlowCyt = Minimum Information for a Flow Cytometry Experiment (now with recent update)
  • MISFISHIE = Minimum Information Specification For In Situ Hybridization and Immunohistochemistry Experiments
  • Publishing Flow Cytometry Data
  • REMARK = Reporting recommendations for tumor Marker prognostic studies

These projects follow a similar concept like MIATA, all with a different focus. MIATA is open to learn from the existing parallel efforts and is striving to incorporate the best of all concepts in a dynamic process.

The MIATA core team encourages readers and investigators to check out other Minimal Information projects to identify the most applicable one for their specific situation.

Many important Minimal Information projects are listed under www.mibbi.org.

MIBBI can be seen as the central collection site for Minimal Information projects regardless of any (unintended) overlap. It provides assistance to investigators to identify appropriate Minimal Information projects.

The goals of the MIBBI (= Minimal Reporting Guidelines for Biological and Biomedical Investigations) Project are (as per MIBBI web site)

  • To increase the visibility of projects developing guidance for the reporting of aspects of biological and biomedical science.
  • To encourage collaborative development between such projects, where appropriate, to avoid duplication of effort or competition.
  • To promote the adoption of consensus guidance on reporting by journals and funders.

The undisputable pioneers of the minimal information concept are Alvis Brazma et al. with their announcement and publication in Nature Genetics about MIAME = Minimal Information on microarray experiments. The MIATA team acknowledges this pioneering work and thanks the authors of MIAME for their work and guidance.