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Brief History

Tripal was first created in 2008 at the Clemson University Genomics Institute (CUGI) by Stephen Ficklin and Meg Staton to create a searchable annotated transcriptomic websites for the marine genomics and Fagaceae (hardwood) communities.  It was created to help lower the total cost of development for these two communities, but with the goal to create a tool that could be re-used, was expandable, modular, provided support for social needs of a research community, did not force any particular look-and-feel and allowed for customizations as needed by the community.  The first official release of Tripal occurred in 2009 and Tripal was soon added as a member of the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD) organization suite of genome tools. Later, Tripal was adopted by Dorrie Main at Washington State University for the Genome Database for Rosaceae (GDR) and other community databases that she supported and by Kirstin Bett’s lab at the University of Saskatchewan for the KnowPulse database for pulse crop breeding and genetics.  Lacey Sanderson-Kucheran of Dr. Bett's group provided major design and developmental support for Tripal. These two groups continued collaborative development of Tripal adding support for whole genome data, genetic data, publications, data for large-scale genotyping and phenotyping data, and data loaders for common formats. Currently, both groups continue active development, provide support to the community and are actively creating new resources.  
 

Acknowledgements

Development of Tripal has been supported either financially or logistically by the following groups: