India establishes a national data repository for the life sciences

A national repository for data concerning life sciences has just been established by the Indian government.

A data disaster recovery centre has been established at the National Informatics Centre in the state of Odisha, while the Indian Biological Data Center (IBDC) is located at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad, a city in the state of Haryana.
The IBDC, which houses the Brahm high-performance computing facility, has a four petabyte data storage capacity. Additionally, it operates a web-based dashboard that offers individualised access, data input, data analysis services, and real-time SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring.
Through two portals, the Indian Nucleotide Data Archive and Indian Nucleotide Data Archive - Controlled Access, the IBDC has already begun to offer nucleotide data submission services. It currently contains more than 200 million bases after receiving more than 200,000 submissions from more than 50 research centres across the nation.
According to the mandate provided by the Biotech-PRIDE (Promotion of Research and Innovation via Data Exchange) standards, the data centre has been set up to store all life science data produced from publicly financed research in the nation. The aforementioned standards, which were released last year, make it easier and more possible to share biological knowledge, information, and data that have been produced through regional research.
The FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles are another commitment made by the IBDC.
Researchers doing computationally intensive analysis have access to its computational resources. IBDC will soon introduce more access and data submission portals for different types of data.
Medical databases that reflect the diversity of India's population are now being created. The Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Institute of Science and ARTPARK are the organisations leading the programme. Currently, they are trying to standardise data collecting from partner medical institutions and to curate data in order to make it accessible to the local research and innovation community.

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