COMBINE - ISO DIS draft on data formatting and description in the life sciences

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Golebiewski, Martin

Oct 7, 2021, 9:37:30 AM10/7/21

Dear COMBINE community,


ISO/DIS 20691 “Biotechnology — Requirements for data formatting and description in the life sciences” (draft and commenting table attached) is under final ballot at ISO in the national standardization committees as Draft International Standard (DIS). At ISO I myself am project leader of this standard and would like to invite you all having a last look at the document and providing your comments to improve the standard before it finally gets published. This is the last chance to correct, add and change the content of ISO 20691. You also should have a closer look at the annexes with the extensive references to many different domain-specific standards, including the COMBINE standards. The national ballots close within the next days (e.g. in Germany on October 15), so only a few days left to provide your feedback and input.


There are two ways to provide your feedback:

  1. Through your corresponding national mirror committee of ISO/TC 276 Biotechnology in your country.
  2. Sending back the filled commenting table to me NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 14. I will then hand it in via the national voting in Germany.

Either way, you should use the commenting table attached.



Thank you very much and best regards,





Martin Golebiewski



Scientific Databases and Visualization


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Managing Director: Dr. Gesa Schönberger

Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Frauke Gräter


commenting table ISO_DIS_20691.doc
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