Previously known as Beijing Genomics Institute, BGI and The Genome 10K Consortium of Scientists (G10KCOS) together announced a plan to sequence the genomes of the first 101 vertebrate species using BGI's facilities and infrastructure of next sequencing technology and bioinformatics platform by the end of 2012.
Earth Microbiome Project
The Genome 10K project is coordinating with the Earth Microbiome Project to also characterize the native microbiome of vertebrate species.
The Assemblathon is a collaborative effort to help improve methods of genome assembly. Hopefully, it will be become an annual event that will spur improvements in this computationally intensive field. The goal is to have groups of people try to use their own software to each assemble one or more genomes that the organizers of the Assemblathon will make available (see the rules for more details). All participants will have the same amount of time to try to assemble the genomes, and then the organizers will evaluate each group's efforts. In March 2011, there will be a Genome 10K Assembly Workshop in Santa Cruz, California where participants and organizers will meet to discuss what they have learned from the experiment.