Access to well-structured digital information about living organisms is of central importance for the future of biological and medical science. As one of the biggest biological resource centres in the world, the Leibniz Institute DSMZ strives to improve the access to digital data by establishing a data centre for collection-associated research data.
Still, a lot of valuable research data is hidden in the internal files of collections. Therefore the Leibniz Institute DSMZ has committed itself to the stepwise mobilization of these data and will establish a data centre for systematic access to standardized research data in biological resource centres. By sustaining the BacDive approach on fungi, viruses, algae and cell lines, high-quality data will be made available for research. Moreover, complex data types like omics data will be gradually incorporated into the digital collection.
Besides the own services for digital collection data, the Leibniz Institute DSMZ is a data provider for several external services and organisations such as the global biodiversity information facility (GBIF), the German federation for biological data (GFBio), and the German network for bioinformatics infrastructure (de.NBI).