ELIXIR Core Data Resources are a set of European data resources of fundamental importance to the wider life-science community and the long-term preservation of biological data.
Identification of the ELIXIR Core Data Resources involves a careful evaluation of the multiple facets of the data resources. Indicators used in the evaluation are grouped into five categories:
- Scientific focus and quality of science
- Community served by the resource
- Quality of service
- Legal and funding infrastructure, and governance
- Impact and translational stories
The initial Core Data Resource list was defined in July of 2017. The list will be reviewed regularly - further rounds of selection are planned, going forward.
ELIXIR Core Data Resource list
|Core Data Resource||Data type|
|ArrayExpress||Functional Genomics Data from high-throughput functional genomics experiments.|
|CATH||A hierarchical domain classification of protein structures in the Protein Data Bank.|
|ChEBI||Dictionary of molecular entities focused on ‘small’ chemical compounds.|
|ChEMBL||Database of bioactive drug-like small molecules, it contains 2-D structures, calculated properties and abstracted bioactivities.|
|EGA||Personally identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects.|
|ENA||Nucleotide sequencing information, covering raw sequencing data, sequence assembly information and functional annotation.|
|Ensembl||Genome browser for vertebrate genomes that supports research in comparative genomics, evolution, sequence variation and transcriptional regulation.|
|Ensembl Genomes||Comparative analysis, data mining and visualisation for the genomes of non-vertebrate species.|
|Europe PMC||Europe PMC is a repository, providing access to worldwide life sciences articles, books, patents and clinical guidelines.|
|Human Protein Atlas||The Human Protein Atlas contains information for a large majority of all human protein-coding genes regarding the expression and localization of the corresponding proteins based on both RNA and protein data.|
|The IMEx Consortium: represented by IntAct and MINT||IntAct provides a freely available, open source database system and analysis tools for molecular interaction data. MINT focuses on experimentally verified protein-protein interactions mined from the scientific literature by expert curators.|
|InterPro||Functional analysis of protein sequences by classifying them into families and predicting the presence of domains and important sites.
Note: This is an umbrella resource to which many collaborating databases contribute. In naming InterPro as a Core Data Resource, the critical role of the constituent databases is recognised.
|PDBe||Biological macromolecular structures.|
|PRIDE||Mass spectrometry-based proteomics data, including peptide and protein expression information (identifications and quantification values) and the supporting mass spectra evidence.|
|STRING-db||Known and predicted protein-protein interactions.|
|UniProt||Comprehensive resource for protein sequence and annotation data.|
In addition to the Core Data Resources, ELIXIR has compiled a list of recommended repositories for experimental data, the ELIXIR Deposition Databases.
Further information: Rachel Drysdale (rachel.drysdale[at]elixir-europe[dot]org)
1 Should a Core Data Resource lose its funding and the only option to remain viable requires a reversion to a non-open license, the license status and exception (e.g. requirement for industry co-funding) may be revisited by the ELIXIR Heads of Nodes Committee. Back to text.