GigaScience aims to revolutionize data dissemination, organization, understanding, and use. An online open-access open-data journal, we publish 'big-data' studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences. To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.

Our scope covers not just 'omic' type data and the fields of high-throughput biology currently serviced by large public repositories, but also the growing range of more difficult-to-access data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort data, systems biology and other new types of large-scale sharable data.


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  • Image attributed to: Ravindran Fig 5, GigaScience 2015

    Optimising Optical Mapping by image processing

    Another paper in our Optical Mapping series, describes how robust and efficient image processing techniques optimise and produce accurate restriction maps in the presence of noise.

    GigaScience 2015, 4:57
  • Image attributed to: Figure 3 Olsen et al. GigaScience 2015

    A high-quality Dekkera bruxellensis genome assembly

    The latest paper in our Optical Mapping series demonstrates, through assembling a yeast genome, a method requiring minimal effort to generate high-quality draft assemblies that can reveal new opportunities for assembling complex genomes.

    GigaScience 2015, 4:56
  • Image attributed to: Micrograph of a

    Improved miRNA profiling in tissue

    Here, three independent platforms and their ability to profile miRNAs within Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded (FFPE) samples from hepatoblastoma patients, was investigated. These datasets provide a global landscape of miRNA expression for a rare childhood cancer not previously been well characterised.

    GigaScience 2015, 4:54
  • Brittle Star Exactica

    Some species of brittle stars, slender echinoderms closely related to starfish, give birth to live young, and in this Data Note they are scanned with 3D micro X-ray computed tomography data to enable the study of their internally brooded young

    GigaScience 2015, 4:52



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BGI was founded in Beijing in 1999 with the mission of supporting scientific and technological development, building strong research teams, and promoting international partnerships. Now the worlds largest genomics organization, in 2007, BGI relocated to Shenzhen as the first citizen-managed, non-profit research institution in China. To further its goals of making scientific information broadly accessible, BGI, in collaboration with BioMed Central, is now contributing to scientific communication by publishing the open-access international research journal GigaScience and hosting its integrated database GigaDB.

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