Sequencing with next-generation platforms has begun to outpace the ability of many researchers to process, analyze, interpret, and make sense of their data using existing software tools. This is especially true for scientists outside of large centers who may have less access to informatics support. NHGRI has initiated the Genome Sequencing Informatics Tools (GS-IT) Program in order to provide "researcher friendly" sequence analysis tools and software to a broad community of independent scientists who increasingly rely on genomics in their biological, biomedical and clinical research. GS-IT is intended to democratize access to useful analysis software for these researchers.
The GS-IT strategy is to invest in existing tools of known utility to make them robust, reliable, documented, easy to use, and well-supported so that they can be more readily adopted by independent researchers. This includes software dedicated to sequence quality, alignment, assembly, variant calling, structural variation, variant interpretation, annotation, and other functions. GS-IT also uses innovative strategies such as deployment in the cloud or interactive visualization to ease the path of researchers who are seeking tools they can successfully use for analysis.
The iSeqTools Portal developed under GS-IT provides a guide and dynamic map which researchers can explore to discover the tools and resources provided by the program.