Metabolomics Standards Initiative

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The Metabolomics Standards Initiative (MSI) was conceived in 2005 following earlier work by the Standard Metabolic Reporting Structure initiative and the Architecture for Metabolomics consortium. The early efforts of MSI were focused on community-agreed reporting standards, which provided a clear description of the biological system studied and all components of metabolomics studies.

The aim was to allow data to be efficiently applied, shared and reused. There were five working groups and the chemical analysis group proposed minimum information for reporting chemical analysis, including minimum metadata to report related to metabolite identification.[1]

Released papers

  • The initial announcement for the MSI[2]
  • Reporting standards for chemical analysis[3]

Further reading


  1. The COSMOS website.
  2. Fiehn, O., Robertson, D., Griffin, J., van der Werf, M., et al., The metabolomics standards initiative (MSI). Metabolomics 2007, 3, 175–178.
  3. Sumner, L.W., Amberg, A., Barrett, D., Beale, M.H., et al., Proposed minimum reporting standards for chemical analysis. Metabolomics 2007, 3, 211–221.