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First Indian repository for life science data unveiled

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Faridabad: Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh unveiled India's first national repository for life science data on Thursday in Faridabad. This repository houses data from publicly funded research conducted in the nation.

The "Indian Biological Data Centre" (IBDC), located at the Regional Centre of Biotechnology in Faridabad, houses the "Brahm" High-Performance Computing facility and has a data storage capacity of four petabytes.

A data disaster recovery site has been set up at the National Informatics Centre, Bhubaneshwar, Mr Singh said.

Prof Sudhanshu Vrati, Executive Director of IBDC, said the life sciences data was till now stored in data repositories in Europe and the US, and a need was felt to house the data within the country.

The computational infrastructure at IBDC has also been made available for researchers interested in performing computational-intensive analysis.

Mr Singh said that IBDC has started nucleotide data submission services via two data portals viz. the 'Indian Nucleotide Data Archive (INDA)' and 'Indian Nucleotide Data Archive - Controlled Access (INDA-CA)' and has accumulated over 200 billion bases from 2,08,055 submissions from more than 50 research labs across the country.

The Centre also hosts an online 'dashboard' for the genomic surveillance data generated by the INSACOG labs that provide customised data submission, access, data analysis services, and real-time SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring across India. Data submission and access portals for other data types are under development and would be launched shortly, Mr Singh said. Prof Sudhanshu Vrati, Executive Director of IBDC, said the life sciences data was till now stored in data repositories in Europe and the US, and a need was felt to house the data within the country.

The computational infrastructure at IBDC has also been made available for researchers interested in performing computational-intensive analysis.

"Fundamentally, IBDC is committed to the spirit of data sharing as per FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles," the minister said.


With PTI inputs


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