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New storage and sharing support for biological researchers

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The National Center for Genome Analysis and Support (NCGAS) has announced new services to help biological researchers store and share their work, speeding scientific discovery and breakthroughs in many fields of study.

NCGAS will now offer biological researchers storage services for their data in Indiana University's archival tape storage system, and curated archival storage in the university's persistent digital library. The centre is affiliated with the IU Pervasive Technology Institute as a cyber-infrastructure and service centre.

'These services complement existing national genome data repositories as well as storage services available from our partner organisations,' said NCGAS director, William Barnett.

'It allows a researcher or a research group to keep data securely for long periods of time, in compliance with funding agency requirements for data management plans. The ability to publish a complete, final data set and associate that with a particular technical publication will be particularly valuable in advancing research.'

The NCGAS mission is to enable the US life sciences research community to analyse, understand, and make use of the vast amount of genomic information now available. NCGAS focuses particularly on genome-level assembly, phylogenetics, metagenomics and community genomics. It has also supported computational analysis of genome data with consulting, software, and computational services for nearly two years.