Embargo until September, 6 2001
E-BioSci is a new, next generation scientific information service initiated by EMBO to meet the future needs of researchers in the life sciences and funded by the European Commission with 2,4 million Euro over three years. The service - aimed at establishing Europe’s leadership in one of the most important and fast moving scientific fields of our day - will offer scientists and other researchers new forms of navigation through the dramatically increasing flood of biological information and factual data repositories.
Rapid access to information plays a key role in advancing scientific research and innovation processes. In the field of life sciences, a flood of information is being amassed. However, it is no longer just the sheer amount of data that is problematic - the information is no longer held in just scientific articles. Large amounts are stored as multimedia material and in databases.
Hence a major challenge for scientists is accessing this information rapidly and efficiently. EMBO’s new trans-national project, E-BioSci, addresses these issues. It will allow users to navigate from a data record in either a bibliographic database, a biological sequence database, or elsewhere to the full text of a relevant journal article or other type of explanatory information. EMBO is undertaking this project as part of its mission to promote high-quality research activities in the life sciences.
The E-BioSci network involves seven European partners from four countries with expertise in providing access to and retrieval of information in digital form. E-BioSci builds on the European partners’ considerable strengths. It benefits from significant financial support from the European Community, but nonetheless its impact will be global. Ideas for the E-BioSci project grew out of discussions with many interested parties including scientists at the National Institutes of Health (USA).
"Our aim is to ensure high-quality, peer-reviewed, complete searchable combinations of information that would be made available on the desktop of every scientist throughout the world," explains Frank Gannon, EMBO’s Executive Director. "This is an ambition that can only be achieved with the strong cooperation from many parties including in particular, the libraries, the scientists, the publishers, and the various funding agencies." EMBO is aware of this challenge and is confident that together with the partners that are associated with the project it will succeed and that the benefits will be widely felt for many years to come.
Dr. Les Grivell
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Fax: +49 (0) 6221 8891-210
Dr. Ellen Peerenboom
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E-BioSci at EMBO
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