The USDA provided funding to support a workshop designed to meet the following goals:
1. To review the latest genome assembly (Sscrofa9) and the automated (Ensembl) annotation
2. To organize workshop sessions to support the development of a summary manuscript of the pig genome and for related companion papers
3. To provide training in the manual annotation of the pig genome to ensure the highest quality product
4. To provide an opportunity to recognize the global partners who have supported and conducted the pig genome sequencing project and transition the SGSC activities into full utilization of the pig genome sequence information.
In order to achieve the defined outcomes and deliverables, the conference was organized to provide significant discussion among the participants. The workshop will be held at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, which is one of the world's great centers for genomics and bioinformatics.