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AIRR Community Data Standards


One of the core initiatives of the Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire (AIRR) Community [Breden_2017] has been to develop standards regarding the content and format of metadata associated with AIRR sequencing datasets. The primary aim of this effort is to make published AIRR datasets FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable). This work has been a joint effort between the AIRR Community's Minimal Standards and Data Representation Working Groups.

The MiAIRR Data Standard

In order to support FAIR-ness, reproducibility, quality control, and data deposition in a common repository, the AIRR Community has agreed to six high-level data sets that will guide the publication, curation and sharing of AIRR-seq data and metadata:

  • study and subject
  • sample collection
  • sample processing and sequencing
  • raw sequence reads
  • processing of sequence data
  • processed AIRR sequences

These data sets and their associated individual items are referred to as MiAIRR, the Minimum information about an Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire sequencing experiment. The MiAIRR data standard has recently been published together with a first implementation using the NCBI repository structure [Rubelt_2017]. For further information, including a submission guide and a detailed specification, see here.

AIRR Standardized Data Representation

The standardarized data representation was first published in 2018 [Vander_Heiden_2018], a current version of the schema can be found here.



The AIRR Community is an open initiative and we welcome all contributions. Please review our development process before contributing changes.

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[Vander_Heiden_2018]Vander Heiden JA et al. AIRR Community Standardized Representations for Annotated Immune Repertoires. Front Immunol 9:2206 (2018) [PMID: 30323809] [DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02206] [PubMed Central: PMC6173121]
[Rubelt_2017]Rubelt F et al. AIRR Community Recommendations for Sharing Immune Repertoire Sequencing Data. Nat Immunol 18:1274 (2017) [PMID: 29144493] [DOI: 10.1038/ni.3873] [PubMed Central: PMC5790180]
[Breden_2017]Breden F et al. Reproducibility and Reuse of Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire Data. Front Immunol 8:1418 (2017) [PMID: 29163494] [DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.01418] [PubMed Central: PMC5671925]
[Zenodo_1185414]Release archive of the AIRR Standards repository. (2015-2019) [DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1185414]


(c) 2015 - 2019 by Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari, Jean-Philippe Bürckert, Christian E. Busse, Scott Christley, Brian Corrie, Lindsay G. Cowell, Uri Hershberg, Steven H. Kleinstein, Susanna Marquez, Frederick A. Matsen IV, Uri Laserson, Marie-Paule Lefranc, Eline T. Luning Prak, Florian Rubelt, Jason Vander Heiden, Corey T. Watson

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