Call for Proposals for Genomic Information Compression and Storage

6. June 2016

MPEG Issues Genomic Information Compression and Storage Joint Call for Proposals in Conjunction with ISO/TC 276/WG5

The introduction of high-throughput DNA sequencing has led to the generation of large quantities of genomic data and related information that have to be stored, transferred and analyzed. To handle these massive amounts of genomic data technologies are developed for their compression. These methods and underlying data formats need to be consistently standardized for their effective application to ensure interoperability between computer systems and databases. At its 115th meeting, MPEG issued a joint Call for Proposals (CfP) for Genomic Information Compression and Storage in conjunction with the working group for standardization of data processing and integration of the ISO technical committee for biotechnology standards (ISO/TC 276/WG5). The call seeks submissions of technologies that can provide efficient compression of genomic data and metadata for storage and processing applications.

Companies and organizations are invited to submit proposals in response to this Call. Responses are expected to be submitted by the 12th October, and will be evaluated during the 116th MPEG meeting of 17th – 21st October 2016. Detailed information, including how to respond to the CfP, is available as document N16320 at the 115th meeting website ( For any questions about the call, test conditions, required software or test sequences please contact: Joern Ostermann, MPEG Requirements Group Chair ( or Martin Golebiewski (HITS), Convenor ISO/TC 276/WG5 (

About HITS

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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