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Centre Unveils India’s First National Repository for Life Science Data

India’s first National Repository for Life Science data was unveiled by Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh. The National Repository for Life Science data was generated from publicly-funded research in India.

The ‘Indian Biological Data Centre’ (IBDC) was established at the Regional Biotechnology Center. It has a storage capacity of four petabytes and is also home to the ‘Brahm’ High-Performance Computing facility.

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Centre Unveils India’s First National Repository for Life Science Data- Key Points

  • Before the National Repository for Life Science data was unveiled the sciences data was stored in data repositories in Europe and the US till now.
  • The computational infrastructure at IBDC has also been made available for researchers who are interested in performing computational-intensive analysis.
  • IBDC has also started nucleotide data submission services via two data portals viz.
  • The Centre also hosted an online ‘Dashboard’ for the genomic surveillance data generated by the INSACOG labs.
  • These INSACOG labs provide customized data submission, access, data analysis services, and real-time SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring across the country.
  • Data submission and access to the portal for other data types are under development and would be launched.
  • IBDC is committed to the spirit of data sharing as per FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles.

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