Table 3

Range of indicators and parameters to take into consideration for BRIF
First-line parameters Second-line parameters
1) Age of bioresource
 Size of bioresource
2) Indicators of research productivity:
- Quality of the journal (impact factor…) - Grants obtained by the users of the bioresource or to support the bioresource
- Number of articles citing the bioresource itself or the staff - Patents/licenses based on research supported by the bioresource
- Cumulated impact factor (or h index) of publications that result from research supported by the bioresource - Economic impact
- Number of patents that result from the use of the bioresource
- Distribution of samples having multiple involvement in independent projects…
3) Indicators of high value
- Rare disease samples or data / samples with rare characteristics - Official recognition from Regional/National Health Bodies
- Extent and richness of the datasets collected
- Existence of a quality control policy for samples and data
- Compliance with data reporting nomenclatures and sharing standards
- Participation in external assessment programmes such as certification or accreditation (ISO certification for example)
- Availability of morphological controls of frozen specimens used for “omics” programme (biobanks)
4) Indicators of management
- Number of projects supported per year - Number of samples received and distributed per year
- Number of biospecimens entering in the biobank / number of biospecimens used for distribution to research projects by year - Number of material/data transfer agreements
- Number of requests filled per year (to be balanced with the type of resource) - Number of contracts or agreements
- Number of web page accesses per year for data resources - Average time from collection to actual use of the sample (sustainable maintenance)
Other factors:
- Number of material (data) transfer agreements and contracts signed per year - Return of research policy
- Turnaround time for requests - Impact of data cost on inclination to correctly cite the source of data
- Time to include new data - Past achievements of the bioresource…
- Consent forms
- Data protection measures
5) Indicators of visibility
- Networks
- Catalogues
- General policies of transparency, dissemination, access rules…

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Mabile et al. GigaScience 2013 2:7   doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-7

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