The German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio, www.gfbio.org) was established as a sustainable, national infrastructure to facilitate data sharing for the biological and environmental sciences. GFBio supports the complete life cycle of research data management, from planning, through acquisition, to publication . Research data are constantly increasing in both size and complexity, offering not only new analytical possibilities, but also posing new challenges to data processing, integration and safeguarding. GFBio offers services to help tackle these challenges by bringing together experts from various fields, including natural history collections, environmental data publishing and bioinformatics. The following services will be introduced in more detail:
Data Management Plan (DMP) Support - data management is an integral part of the research process. Consequently, funding agencies now require a DMP as part of grant applications. Together with our data management experts, you can prepare a custom DMP for your next proposal or ongoing project.
Data Search, Visualization and Analysis - GFBio offers an integrated metadata search across its associated data centers. Data can be downloaded collectively or visualized together with additional layers of your own choosing.
Data Annotation, Archiving and Publication - the GFBio data brokerage service offers a single point of contact for archiving biological data in one (or several) of our associated,
long-term data centers. The added value for our users includes manual curation, annotation and standardization support.