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 The unpublished datasets of BGI are firstly released in the platform, so they can be used in the other projects.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.

For more information, please visit the website of GigaScience