The emergence of modern biology and the associated generation of large data sets, increasingly necessitates the development of mechanisms for sharing primary research data.
Hitherto, primary data in biology has remained largely in handwritten form in notebooks at the lab that collected it, and only research summaries are published. One of the great promises of systems biology is the development of models that encompass large numbers of experimental observations. Recognizing this promise, the NIH has become very concerned about data-sharing and has developed a formal policy on the subject. However, the development of database-driven systems for data-sharing is generally too complex and expensive for individual labs.
As one of its outreach activities, CSBi supports the staff and is committed to building an IT infrastructure required for the dissemination of systematic biological data.