The adaptive immune system has evolved a unique molecular diversification mechanism designed to produce a highly diverse set of antigen receptors, necessary to recognize and remove the ever-changing array of pathogens an individual will encounter during their lifetime (e.g., novel coronaviruses). The sheer immensity of each individuals Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoires (antibody/B-cell and T-cell sequences, or AIRR-seq data) present challenges for producing, storing, sharing, and analyzing these data. The AIRR Community is a group of immunogeneticists, bioinformaticians, and experts in ethics and legal issues of data sharing who joined together to develop standards and protocols for sharing and analyzing these data. Two products of the AIRR-C are the miAIRR standards for storing AIRR-seq data in a common format, and the AIRR Data Commons (ADC), a set of geographically distributed repositories of AIRR-seq data, all adopting these community standards. We are dedicated to the belief that sharing these AIRR-seq data through the AIRR Data Commons will greatly increase their utility for biomedical research and patient care.
The ADC Webinar will discuss the benefits to openly sharing and analyzing these data in an interoperable manner, including access to the >4 billion receptor rearrangements presently queryable through the ADC. We will present demos of how to add your data to the ADC, how to query data through VDJServer and the iReceptor Gateway and preview upcoming analysis tools and repositories being added to the ADC. We will include plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience, and look forward to explaining this ever-expanding resource to our community.