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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    Hot off the USB sequencer

    A first E. coli genome sequenced on the new MinION portable sequencer from Oxford Nanopore is presented and described to encourage the development of better methods to analyse it

    GigaScience 2014, 3:22
  • Publishing prickly pictures

    Sea urchins comprise 950 species, and presented here are 141 high-resolution MRI scans from 98 species available for download that represent a broad taxonomical and morphological spectrum of the Echinoidea

    GigaScience 2014, 3:21
  • How to crowdfund a genome

    The Azolla genome project provide insight into how they raised $22,000 to sequence this aquatic fern species using a grassroots approach

    GigaScience 2014, 3:16
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    Here kitty kitty

    With nearly 250 genetic diseases analogous to human disorders cats offer powerful natural models of diseases. Here we present genome assembly and annotation of two domestic and one wild cat greatly improving upon previous low-coverage versions

    GigaScience 2014, 3:13
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    Packing your trunk with genome data

    Elephant species as a whole are dwindling. Here we present sequence data of two Asian elephants that will compliment behavioural, genetic and evolutionary studies of these extraordinary mammals

    GigaScience 2014, 3:12



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Supporting material for: "Free breathingly acquired myocardial perfusion data sets for performance analysis of motion compensation algorithms".
Validation of 21 differentially methylated regions in childhood pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia using amplicon bisulfite sequencing.
Supporting software and materials for: "GWATCH: a web platform for automated gene association discovery analysis".

GigaScience hosts all the relevant data and tools from articles published in the journal in its affiliated database, GigaDB. Supporting the open-data movement, data in GigaDB is released under a public domain CC0 waiver. For information on how to submit data with your manuscript, see the instructions for authors. All datasets hosted in GigaDB are assigned a DOI that allows data citation. GigaDB is tracked by the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. GigaDB can also provide hosting and DOIs for Software and Workflows integrated into our GigaGalaxy server, as this provides a clear and easy way for researchers to find and use methodology and tools from articles, making work more reproducible and easier to build on.

Data generated in the course of research are just as valuable to academic discourse as papers, and GigaDB provides a direct link between articles and their data by allowing data to be cited to assign due credit and allow its impact and use to be tracked. Submission of data to GigaDB complements but does not serve as a replacement for community approved public repositories, and, thus, supporting data and source code should also be made publicly available in a suitable public repository. See our paper for more information.

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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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