Common Metadata Elements for Cataloging Biomedical Datasets
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Eukaryotic Pathogen, Vector and Host Informatics Resource
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Rat Genome Database
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Mouse Genome Database - a Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) Resource
MGI is the international database resource for the laboratory mouse, providing integrated genetic, genomic, and biological data to facilitate the study of human health and disease. Data includes gene characterization, nomenclature, mapping, gene homologies among mammals, sequence links, phenotypes, allelic variants and mutants, and strain data.
Database of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
dbSNP contains human single nucleotide variations, microsatellites, and small-scale insertions and deletions along with publication, population frequency, molecular consequence, and genomic and RefSeq mapping information for both common variations and clinical mutations.
Gene Expression Omnibus
The Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) is a public repository that archives and freely distributes microarray, next-generation sequencing, and other forms of high-throughput functional genomic data submitted by the scientific community. In addition to data storage, a collection of web-based interfaces and applications are available to help users query and download the studies and gene expression patterns stored in GEO.
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PubMed is a search engine of biomedical literature, provided as a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and includes more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes
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Database of genomic structural VARiation
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ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.
Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center
The goal of Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center (BioLINCC) is to facilitate and coordinate the existing activities of the NHLBI Biorepository and the Data Repository and to expand their scope and usability to the scientific community through a single web-based user interface. BioLINCC provides a wealth of information on historical NHLBI clinical and epidemiologic studies which have data or biospecimens in the NHLBI repositories, and includes study summaries, references, and study operational documents.
Integrating Data for Analysis, Anonymization, and Sharing
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The Cardiovascular Research Grid
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GeneNetwork is a group of linked data sets and tools used to study complex networks of genes, molecules, and higher order gene function and phenotypes. GeneNetwork combines more than 25 years of legacy data generated by hundreds of scientists together with sequence data (SNPs) and massive transcriptome data sets (expression or eQTL data sets). GeneNetwork was created in 1994 as The Portable Dictionary of the Mouse Genome, and became WebQTL in 2001. In 2005 it was renamed GeneNetwork.
BEI Resource Repository
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Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Collaboratory Resources Registry
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National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program
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Neuroscience Information Framework
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Transporter Classification Database
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The Cancer Imaging Archive
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Xenopus laevis and tropicalis biology and genomics resource
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Database of Interacting Proteins
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Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas
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Worldwide Protein Data Bank
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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
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DataCite is a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data. Their goal is to help the research community locate, identify, and cite research data with confidence. They support the creation and allocation of DOIs and accompanying metadata. They provide services that support the enhanced search and discovery of research content. They also promote data citation and advocacy through community-building efforts and responsive communication and outreach materials. DataCite gathers metadata for each DOI assigned to an object. The metadata is used for a large index of research data that can be queried directly to find data, obtain stats and explore connections. All the metadata is free to access and review. To showcase and expose the metadata gathered, DataCite provides an integrated search interface, where it is possible to search, filter and extract all the details from a collection of millions of records.
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