This page is claimed to contain a gold standard benchmark for viral genome assembly. https://github.com/cbg-ethz/5-virus-mix
The claim is here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5411778/
Baaijens et al. De novo assembly of viral quasispecies using overlap graphs Genome Research 2017 May; 27: 835–848.
"This data set was recently presented as a gold standard benchmark (Di Giallonardo et al. 2014)"
But at (Di Giallonardo et al. 2014) I can only find that mention:
"We previously estimated the frequencies of the virus strains in the 5-virus-mix by amplifying the protease gene using single-genome amplification (SGA), the current gold standard for studying diversity of virus populations".
That doesn't seem to mean precisely that the dataset is a gold standard benchmark for genome assembly but, as I understand, that SGA is a gold standard for something else.
My question is: is it? And who decided it is? Is still valid? Is there an official list of results somewhere for this benchmark set?
I tried to contact the owner of the page but still no answer.