OAGR - Online Ancient Genome Repository

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.

OAGR database

OAGR includes bioinformatics pipelines and meta data in an organised and searchable fashion to enable multidisciplinary access and reuse. Launched in June, 2015 it houses 213 files derived from 125 individual source records. 

  • OAGR is built on the MyTardis research data management, funded by Australian National Data Service (ANDS ).

  • ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy program (NCRIS ).

  • Data published in OAGR is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License .

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 publication, Haak et al. (2015) Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe Nature 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 Institute (embargoed), UK
  • Carles Lalueza-Fox, Institute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIF-UPF), Spain
  • Future partners will be announced as their data is loaded

For OAGR/partner enquiries please contact Dr Yassine Souilmi