S. Korea tests information-sharing platform for biotechnology research data

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : October 26, 2021, 16:53 | Updated : October 26, 2021, 17:00

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SEOUL -- South Korea has started the test operation of a massive information-sharing platform for biotechnology research data designed to boost the country's research and development capacity in the life and bioscience sectors by narrowing the information gap between companies and organizations regardless of their sizes.

A master plan to create "Korea-Bio Data Station" (K-BDS), a data dam that collects, filters and manages life and bioscience information, was unveiled by the Ministry of Science and ICT in July 2020. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology and the Korean Bioinformation Center kick-started the project earlier this year to establish a foundation for the data dam that will be open to domestic research institutes, universities, organizations, and biotechnology companies.

The science ministry said in a statement on October 26 that K-BDS started its test operation to collect data and sort information accordingly to 51 standard formats. Researchers can upload their research data and information will be available for public use in the second half of 2022. A data quality-managing center will be operated in 2022 to manage the quality of research data.

"We hope to contribute to the nurturing of bioscience sectors by creating an environment where information is collected and managed so that data can be created and utilized in research fields," Vice Science Minister Yong Hong-taek was quoted as saying. The K-BDS will later be equipped with a data analytics technology that can select and categorize data into 15 research segments.
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