Indian Biological Data Centre (IBDC)

Indian Biological Data Centre is India’s first national repository of life science data at Faridabad, Haryana at the Regional Centre of Biotechnology.

What is IBDC?

It will archive all life-science data generated from publicly funded research in India without any infringement on intellectual property. Intellectual property of the data remains solely with the owner of data.

  • IBDC has a data storage capacity of about 4-petabytes and houses the Brahm – High Performance Computing facility. 
  • The repository is being funded by Department of Biotechnology, under Ministry of Science & Technology.
  • Data on the nucleotide data, protein data, human genome, crop genome, RNA, medical imaging, disease and surveillance data would be stored in the unique facility. 
  • It has accumulated over 200 billion bases from over two lakh submissions from more than 50 research labs across India. 
  • IBDC is being developed in a modular fashion wherein different sections would typically deal with particular type/s of life science data.

indian biological data centre has started data submission services via two data portals:

  1. Indian Nucleotide Data Archive (INDA): Data shared with this portal is actively synced with International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration and is simultaneously assigned IDs from both IBDC and INSDC repositories. 
  2. Indian Nucleotide Data Archive – Controlled Access (INDA-CA): Data shared with this is not shared with any international repositories and remains under ‘controlled access’ as per the user requirements. Users would decide who can access the data. 

Users are free to submit data to any of these repositories as their needs.

International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC)

  • INSDC is the core infrastructure for sharing nucleotide sequence data and their subsidiary information called metadata in the public domain. 
  • The collaboration is comprised of three nodes that keep the identical information through a daily data exchange process that has operated over 30 years. 
  • INSDC provides uniform policy of free & unrestricted access to all of data records their databases contain, with no restrictions on access, redistribution or republication of data. 

Members of INSDC

  1. DNA Data Bank of  Japan (DDBJ) at National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Japan.
  2. European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in UK. 
  3. GenBank at National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

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