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Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR)

A Database of Raw, Processed and Metadata Data

The Major Open Data collection project at the University of Adelaide, is a collaboration between ACAD and University Libraries to make ancient genomics and microbiome data freely available to other researchers around the world. The data includes bioinformatics pipelines and metabdata in an organised and searchable fashion to enable multidisciplinary access and reuse. OAGR was lauched in June, 2015 and currently houses 213 files derived from 125 individual source records, with additional data files to be published by the end of 2015.

By combining genomic variant analysis with microbiome data obtained from sequencing ancient dental calculus, the database will enable the broader research community to address key genetic and microbial changes over human evolution, and the potential relationships to modern health - such as the endemic modern 'western' diseases. Digital object identifies (DOIs) are minted to facilitate persistent identification and citation. Data presented in the resent publication, Haak et al. (2015) Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe, Nature doi: 10.1038/nature14317 can be found in OAGR.


In addition to ACAD-generated data, OAGR currently has data from:

  • Professor David Reich, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Dr Richard Durbin and Dr Stephan Schiffles, computational Genomics, Wellcome Trust Sanger Insistute (embargoed), UK.
  • Carles Lalueza-Fox, Insitute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIF-UPF), Spain.

Future parnters will be announced as their data is loaded. For OAGR/partner enquiries please contact Dr Jimmy Breen.

OAGR is built on the MyTardis research data management with the assistance of eResearch South Australia, and funded by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).
ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrustructure Strategy program (NCRIS).

Data published in OAGR is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
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The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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