The most effective research and innovation is often conducted by groups of people with complementary skill sets working together openly. The Elshire Group strongly believes in the power of working in this collaborative way. Sharing of knowledge and responsiveness to critique are fundamental to science, and the success of the GBS method is an embodiment of this philosophy. Early versions of the GBS protocol were shared and independently tested to ensure that the method was robust. It was published in an open access journal to allow anyone to understand and adopt it. Many public workshops have been held to train small groups of scientists. The first GBS analysis software was, and continues to be, developed under a Free Software license. Many others have now written analysis pipelines also under Free Software licenses. We believe that generally useful tools, such as GBS and bioinformatics software, have the most potential to spur innovation if they are freely available. Rob’s track record and commitment to work openly was kindly recognised by the community with the awarding of the people’s choice New Zealand Open Source Award in 2014.
We initiated the Biospectra-By-Sequencing (BBS) project in order to provide a resource for people interested in using GBS. This initiative brings together a group of enthusiastic scientists to work together on creating a robust analysis engine. We strongly support the Biospectra-By-Sequencing project and it is the current focus of our outreach work.
We are consolidating our public good efforts under Genomics for Aotearoa New Zealand. Migration of previously generated information is being done in our spare time. After a testing period, new information will be added as we generate it.