BioGRID Updates Database

by Alexander H
The Biological General Repository for Interaction Datasets (BioGRID) offers a public database of information that breaks down genetic and protein findings from humans and organisms.  After the recent update, a total of over 500,000 genetic and protein interactions complete the database.  The recent update has brought enhancements to their web interface and allows for rapid queries across multiple data types and sources.  The database is designed to forward engineer advancements in any applicable area of science and share information across the platform.  In addition, the entire data collection of the database can be downloaded in multiple file formats to be used for any purpose.

This publication is an update for a system that has been in the making for over ten years.  The idea was derived from a series of labs that came together to pool all of their data into one system that could be used by all labs in order to initiate curation.  This is critical to the class due to the fact that it illuminates the impact of allowing data to be shared worldwide and how databases facilitate this network.  The BioGRID website can be accessed anywhere and all the labs, tests, and findings of various scientists can be found with a simple search.

It is obvious the benefits that this provides and I am astonished by the amount of information that is held in the database. I conducted a simple search and hundreds of publications and findings were presented to me in an easy to navigate interface.  This is database sharing at its best and I am happy to see that knowledge is being shared in the industry through such means.

 

Source:

The biogrid interaction database: 2011 update. Oxford Journals. Vol 39, Issue suppl1,Pp. D698-D704. Retrieved June 3, 2012

 

2 thoughts on “BioGRID Updates Database

  • June 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm
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    I find this article very interesting like you mentioned Alexander Heng “it illuminates the impact of allowing data to be shared worldwide and how databases facilitate this network” which should be a huge impact in the world of science since they will have rapid access to the data they need instead of having to wait for it to be received.

  • June 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm
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    I am curious as to who has administrative privileges for this database. Are there security concerns for the data? What about accuracy of data? Who’s in charge of that? Since this is a public database, I am guessing there are no restrictions on access.

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