GigaScience is a new open-access online journal launched on 12 July 2012.
GigaScience publishes a great number of biological research findings with a
novel scheme integrating normalized full-text articles, information databases
and informatics analysis tools. Therefore, the readers can not only be focused
on the scientific conclusions of literatures but also evaluate and verify the
results with the data and the analysis tools provided by the literatures. It
achieves transparency, openness and repeatability of data. Digital Object
Identifiers (DOIs) has been used to identify all the data in GigaDB, so that the data can be
stored much longer. Moreover, the data can be traced, searched, linked and
quoted, which was only realized in academic literature before.
On one-year anniversary, GigaDB has stored over 50 datasets and 25TB data. The
unpublished datasets of BGI are firstly released in the platform, so they can
be used in the other projects. However, it doesn’t affect the later paper
publication. For example, the data of rock pigeon was be firstly released in
GigaScience in July 2011. However, the paper of rock pigeon was be published on
Science in February 2013. From the time of data release to that of paper
publication, other researchers was able to use the genome data with no
restriction and published the research findings related to pigeon milk. And
several research groups also used the genome data of polar bear released in
GigaScience for comparative genomics study and population genetics research of
different Ursus species before the paper was published.
In 2013, GigaDB has been changed with brand-new appearance, function and browse
options. It supplies Aspera data transmission 100 times faster than FTP.
Furthermore, GigaGalaxy, a new data analysis platform developed by GigaScience,
offers a novel method for sharing the computing tools and procedures and better
supports the repeatability of data analysis.