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Open access to ancient DNA

A significant collection of ancient human DNA has been published through a new world-first open access data repository, as a result of a collaboration between the University Libraries and the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD).

The Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR) captures a significant collection of DNA data from ancient human skeletons and microbes found in their dental plaque. Both raw and analysed data are included, along with details about the individual humans such as where they were found and how the data was produced.

Datasets in OAGR are open data resources made freely available in a reusable form, using open file formats and licensed with minimal restrictions for reuse. Digital object identifiers (DOIs) are minted for included datasets and collections to facilitate persistent identification and citation. Data published through OAGR is made openly available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

University Libraries staff have been collaborating with ACAD over the last 12 months to make this data available on open access. At launch OAGR has published 213 files derived from 125 individual source records, with additional data files to be published in 2015.

OAGR was developed by the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide Libraries and eResearch SA, as part of a project supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program.

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