Global Core Biodata Resources


The GBC defines biodata resources as any biological, life science, or biomedical database that archives research data generated by scientists, or functions as a knowledgebase by adding value to scientific data by aggregation, processing, and expert curation. Global Core Biodata Resources are biodata resources that are of fundamental importance to the wider biological and life sciences community and the long term preservation of biological data. They:

  • provide free and open access to their data,
  • are used extensively both in terms of the number and distribution of their users,
  • are mature and comprehensive,
  • are are considered authoritative in their field,
  • are of high scientific quality, and
  • provide a professional standard of service delivery.

Their operation is based on well-established life-cycle management processes and well-understood dependencies with related data resources. GCBRs have either terms of use or specific licences that conform to the Open Definition, to enable the reuse of data. For further information please see Global Core Biodata Resources: Concept and Selection Process.

The current list of Global Core Biodata Resources can be found here.

A pdf version of this list is available for download.

An account of the 2022 process to select the initial list of Global Core Biodata Resources can be found here.

Details of the 2023 round of GCBR selection can be found here.