About resSpecies

Genetic linkage and QTL mapping experiments involve large volumes of data. These include pedigree details, genotypes and trait data all of which must be combined in different forms to suit the nuances of each analysis program. Such experiments frequently also consist of collaborations between several groups making data sharing and concurrency a key concern. To simplify the handling of such data we have developed resSpecies using funds obtained from the BBSRC.

The resSpecies system is currently being used to support several European and UK-national collaborative QTL mapping projects in addition to The Roslin Institute's national QTL mapping programmes. Although access is currently limited to registered members of the collaborating laboratories, those collaborators represent a significant proportion of the world's livestock genome mappers.

As the results of the analyses are published we hope, with the permission of the data owners, to make the data underpinning each publication available through this site without the hindrance of password-protection.

Release History

Current Release: 3.9.1 (8478) (Wed, May 02, 2018)

Bug Fixes

  • Struts library updated to 2.5.16 (another security update). (Ticket #8477)
  • Spring library updated to 5.0.5. (Ticket #8477)
  • Updated commons codec library to 1.11 (Ticket #8477)
  • Updated commons io library to 2.6 (Ticket #8477)
  • Updated jmock-junit libraries to 2.8.4 (Ticket #8477)
  • Fixed problem with genotype files too large to be submitted not being handled cleanly.
  • Added configuration to report empty genotype file submissions.
  • Fixed a crashing bug whereby the genotype submission code was attempting to register genotypes with null allele ids when data were missing from the submitted genotypes file (Ticket #8476)
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Adding your data

If you would like to handle your experimental data using the resSpecies system, please contact Andy Law to discuss the possibilities.


Looking for public data?

The resSpecies system handles data for the scientists who plan and execute the experiments and it is they who own the data. Consequently, although we would like to make all the data public in a timely manner, we are reliant on them to give us permission so to do. Since there are no international agreements in place relating to genotype and phenotype data (unlike those in place to cover sequence data), there is little that we can do to make this happen without their agreement.

If you have data that you wish to make public, then we are more than happy for you to do so through the resSpecies system. If you own data already in the system that should be public but is not, then please contact us to let us know. Similarly, if you know that there is data within the system that relates to published work and which should be made public, please contact the authors of the published work and ask them to allow us to make the data freely available.

Until such time as a significant quantity of real data becomes public, you'll have to make do with the data in the Demo species database.

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