Following a stringent international selection process, three SIB knowledge bases have been included in the first set of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs). Rhea, STRING and UniProt, which provide life scientists worldwide with crucial open knowledge on biochemical reactions, protein-protein interactions, and protein sequences and functions respectively, have been recognized by the Global Biodata Coalition as having a critical impact. This announcement is a great tribute to the SIB Groups developing them as well as to SIB’s commitment to life science infrastructure and Switzerland’s leading expertise in biological data.
Biodata resources are essential basic tools for researchers worldwide to manage, curate and access data efficiently. In particular, knowledge bases draw together and add value to these data through expert curation and annotation, enabling further discoveries. However, many rely on short-term, unstable funding. Among all those developed worldwide, the “Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBR) represent the most crucial components (…) within the global life science data infrastructure, whose failure would have a critical impact on the global research endeavour,” writes the Global Biodata Coalition (see box).