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Repositive, GigaScience Partner to Improve Access to Genomic Data

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Repositive, a developer of tools to provide access to genomic data, is partnering with GigaScience, an open access journal and repository, to provide access to a range of biomedical science research data.

Repositive is currently testing a free data discovery platform under development that uses metadata provided by developers of public, semi-public, and proprietary data repositories to make their genomic datasets more visible to potential users. Its intent is to make it easier for researchers to access data needed for their projects and to provide a forum for initiating collaborations with colleagues in the community. The platform already offers access to datasets from repositories such as Array Express, dbGaP, the Gene Ontology, and more.

Under the terms of the current agreement, Repositive will offer access to biomedical research datasets from GigaScience via its data discovery platform. They'll work on indexing existing datasets from GigaScience, developing tools that allow users to evaluate the accessibility and utility of the data, and also work on a detailed report that assesses the research impact of making genomic data discoverable.

"By this collaboration, we are both improving the utility of the GigaScience genomic data as well as expanding access to human genomic data on the Repositive platform," Fiona Nielsen, Repositive's CEO, said in a statement. "The Repositive platform is now in beta testing and as we add more data sources to it, its capability and effectiveness continues to expand."