ELIXIR Deposition Databases for Biomolecular Data

ELIXIR has compiled a list of resources that it recommends for the deposition of experimental data. The scientific community has a shared responsibility to ensure long-term data preservation and accessibility. The purpose of this Deposition Databases list is to provide guidance to those who formulate policy and working practices about the appropriate repositories for publishing open data in the life sciences.

An ELIXIR Deposition Database is defined as being part of the ELIXIR Node portfolio of services that accepts deposition of experimental data from an international community of researchers beyond the funding envelope of the database itself.

The selected ELIXIR Deposition Databases meet the technical quality and governance criteria expected of ELIXIR Core Data Resources (see the F1000R article “Identifying ELIXIR Core Data Resources”), which align with the FAIR principles, but may be at an earlier stage of development, meeting an emerging scientific requirement, or may be narrower in scope. Consequently some, but not all, of the ELIXIR Deposition Databases also appear in the ELIXIR Core Data Resources list.

ELIXIR Deposition Databases are defined during the Core Data Resource and Deposition Database selection process, which runs periodically (see the timeline here). Applications for inclusion in the Deposition Database list can also be made by direct suggestion to the Data Platform.

The initial ELIXIR Deposition Databases list was defined in July 2017.

ELIXIR Deposition Database list

Further information: Gavin Farrell (gavin.farrell [at] elixir-europe.org)

1 An International collaboration framework enables content sharing on a formal level. This is often signified by a shared Accession Number system, such that data deposited in one database becomes part of the shared data collection, and is also available through other partner portals.