The ‘Indian Biological Data Centre (IBDC)’ is the first national repository for life science data in India. IBDC is mandated to archive all life science data generated from publicly funded research in India. The data center is supported by the Government of India (GOI) through the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). It is being established at the Regional Centre of Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad in the national capital region in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC), India. In times to come, IBDC is envisaged to emerge as a major data repository for all life science data emerging from India.
Due to the heterogeneity of life science data, IBDC is being developed in a modular nature wherein different sections would typically deal with particular type/s of life science data. Each IBDC section would have dedicated data submission and access schema. Further, besides archiving life science data, IBDC shall also develop highly curated data sets in order to facilitate knowledge discovery in various domains of life sciences. It would also provide infrastructure and expertise for biological data analysis.
Fundamentally, IBDC is committed to the spirit of data sharing as per FAIR principles. While IBDC would act as the major repository for life science data emerging from India, it will constantly strive to serve the requirements of the global scientific community.
1. Provide IT platform for perpetually archiving biological data in the country.
2. Development of standard operating Procedures (SOPs) for storing and sharing the data as per FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principle.
3. Perform quality control, curation/annotation of data, data backup and management of data life cycle.
4. Development of web based tools/APIs for data sharing/retrieval.
4. Organization of training programs on ‘Big’ data analysis and benefits of data sharing.
Life science data is highly complex and heterogeneous. Consequently, IBDC is being developed in a modular fashion wherein different sections would handle different types of data sets. Currently, two sections have been developed.
IBDC would have majorly two data access types:
Open access/time-release access: Data submitted at IBDC would be freely accessible across the globe as per international open-access standards. The submitter, however, may choose to restrict the data access for a defined period of time.
Restricted access: The data would not be made accessible freely. It can only be accessed through prior permission through IBDC from the original data submitter.
In general, the data submitter would have the choice to opt for a particular access mode at the time of submission.
IBDC actively pursues several modes of collaborations as detailed below:
IBDC collaboration level 1 (ICL1)
IBDC would share data with any other repository as per a MOU.
IBDC collaboration level 2 (ICL2)
IBDC collaboration level 3 (ICL3)
IBDC would accept data from another entity (repository/institute/research consortium) but all data QC would be performed by IBDC.
IBDC collaboration level 4 (ICL4)