FAQ

  1. What kind of database do you develop?
  2. Do you sell any of the databases?
  3. Who can use the services linked from the LSDB home page?
  4. How much does it cost to use the services linked from the LSDB home page?
  5. Do I need to create an Open ID account to use the services linked from the LSDB home page?
  6. Can I link to one or several services available from the LSDB home page?
  7. Do I need to obtain permission to redistribute the resources available from the services?
  8. How can I collaborate with the “Integrated Database Project” or DBCLS?

About the Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS)

The Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS) was established as a part of the Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) in April 2007, to function as a center of excellence in life science database integration (For more, visit “About Us”). Since the fiscal year of 2006, ROIS had been a core institution of the “Integrated Database Project” funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology which had been later (FY2007 to FY2010) carried out by DBCLS/ROIS together with 15 other Japanese universities and research institutions (For details, read “About the Integrated Database Project”). Since the fiscal year of 2011 DBCLS/ROIS has been appointed for “Program Concerning Technology Development for Database Integration” as a part of the “Life Science Database Integration Project” conducted by the National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) / Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). While DBCLS is located in the Hongo Campus, the University of Tokyo, it is an institution independent from the university.

About the Research Institution of Information and Systems (ROIS)

The Research Institution of Information and Systems (ROIS) was established based on the National University Corporation Act in 2004 and originally was a parent organization of four national institutes (the National Institute of Informatics, the National Institute of Genetics, the National Institute of Polar Research, and the Institute of Statistical Mathematics). ROIS is one of the four Inter-University Institutes (the National Institutes of the Humanities, theHigh Energy Accelerator Research Organization, and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences) that carries out collaborative research, as core research centers of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The primary feature of the Inter-University Institutes is that the facilities are open to use for researchers and students in and outside of Japan.

About the “Integrated Database Project”

The “Integrated Database Project” was a five year project (starting FY2006), funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), that aimed to improve the accessibility and usability of life science databases in Japan. It was lead by DBCLS/ROIS together with 15 other Japanese universities and institutions (For details of the participating institutions click here).
Although the Project finished in Mar. 2011, project portal websites, search systems and tools useful for life science research which had been developed are being maintained. These are all available from the LSDB home page (some of them which are now maintained by NBDC have auto-link to NBDC website).

What kind of database do you develop?

DBCLS does not develop primary databases composed of experimental or observational data, but develops information technology and contents (e.g. dictionaries) that improves the accessibility of life science databases.