The AIRR Community, a grassroots group of immunologists, immunogeneticists and computer scientists who are dedicated to developing protocols and standards to facilitate sharing of these data is pleased to announce the release of v1.3 of the AIRR Standards, including v1.0 of the AIRR Data Commons API (ADC API) to query AIRR compliant data repositories. The AIRR Community also notes that the first repositories in the AIRR Data Commons, based completely on AIRR Standards, are now in production, with the iReceptor Public Archive and VDJServer repositories early adopters of these AIRR Standards. With the release of v3.0 of the iReceptor Scientific Gateway, it is possible for researchers to query the AIRR Data Commons, greatly expanding the ability of researchers to find and analyze AIRR-seq data in support of biomedical research and improving patient care.
The AIRR Community is also pleased to announce the availability of the first COVID-19 AIRR-seq data sets in the AIRR Data Commons. The COVID-19 data is from the Nielsen et al. paper and is currently stored in the community based AIRR COVID-19 repository and is searchable through the iReceptor Scientific Gateway (gateway.ireceptor.org). More studies from COVID-19 patients will be added in the coming weeks. The AIRR Community is tracking and curating COVID-19 AIRR-seq papers and data sets, including their availability in the AIRR Data Commons, on the b-t.cr web site (https://b-t.cr/t/publicly-available-covid-19-airr-seq-data-sets).
Finally, the Research Data Alliance recently released its “guidelines and recommendations on data sharing in the context of COVID-19“. AIRR Community members Brian Corrie and Christian Busse participated in the preparation of this document, and in particular the authoring of the section around recommendations for sharing COVID-19 AIRR-seq data.