Scientific activities

Global Core Biodata Resources

A major scientific activity of the GBC is the identification of a set of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs). The Core Data Resources concept was developed by ELIXIR to identify in Europe a set of data resources that are fundamental to the entire life science data infrastructure. The GCBRs extend this concept to the entire world, identifying for funders a set of resources that are critically important for biomedical and life science research worldwide, and encouraging funders to ensure their long-term sustainability. Protection of GCBRs benefits the entire life science data infrastructure, just as protection of key species in an ecosystem benefits the entire ecosystem. A selection process is currently under development.

Global Inventory of Biodata Resources

There are thousands of publicly available biodata resources that form a linked, distributed infrastructure, but this infrastructure is not well described. The GBC is undertaking a survey of the global biodata resource landscape. This will give a first ever worldwide overview of biodata resources, providing a basis upon which the GBC can work with funders to coordinate support for biodata resources and for the entire infrastructure.