BBMRI-ERIC has a number of services for member states. This time, we get in touch with the CS IT to learn more about what they can offer and how you can get involved in improving their services.
This is one of the services that BBMRI-ERIC offers biobanks and researchers, it provides tools and expertise in IT for biobanks to support access to biomaterials and data. The Common Service IT is run across a number of National Nodes and their biobanks and has a number of areas of expertise.
The CS IT’s particular focus is to improve the findability of biobanks, samples and associated data. Therefore, as a biobank in a member state, you have the opportunity to register your sample collections so that they are visible across Europe via the BBMRI-ERIC Directory. This in turn will contribute to the sustainability and output of your biobank. In the future, you will also be able to share sample level information using the Sample Locator, which enables biobanks to become visible with much more detailed information.
If you are a researcher in need of human biomaterials and associated data, you can search the BBMRI-ERIC Directory to locate existing sample resources. You can search the Directory based on diagnosis, material type and location of the samples. Once you have identified useful resources you can use the Negotiator tool to communicate with them. The Negotiator tool allows you to communicate with many resources at the same time, streamlining the process. Soon we will be launching a new tool which will allow researchers to more precisely search for data and biomaterials across many biobanks.
Recently we have been working on making the Directory easier to use for researchers by giving it a facelift. At the same time, we are trying to make it easier for the BBMRI National Nodes to update the data so that the Directory is up to date. The Negotiator communication tool now has an improved log in system. We are also developing a tool – the Sample Locator -that allows more detailed sample searches within biobanks. This search is in an advances stage of development and a first version will be launched soon.
We are establishing a user community, in order to get feedback on the CS IT. If you collect or use human samples and data in your research and would like to shape the future of the CS IT, please register your interest. There is no specific time commitment, so you can be as involved as much or little as you like. We’ll be in touch in the coming months with an update and information on how you can help.
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