About NBDC

Toward innovation through database integration

The National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) is the core organization for life sciences databases in Japan. To promote the creation of new knowledge, we conduct research and development and provide services that contribute to data sharing and integration.


TAKAGI Toshihisa, President, Toyama University of International Studies. Appointed as the Director-General in April 2014 after working as the Deputy Director-General of NBDC.
This section describes the Director-General's passion in running the center and includes some of the circumstances surrounding the NBDC and the direction the NBDC is aiming for.

Greetings and a brief personal history

Activities of the NBDC

The NBDC is an organization established under the Japan Science and Technology Agency as the core organization in Japan for databases in life sciences.
To promote creation of new knowledge in life sciences, the NBDC implements the following activities in cooperation with various domestic and international organizations.

ExtensivelyData sharing
  • We prepare guidelines for making data available to the public in forms that are easy to reuse.
  • We construct the repository as a model for data sharing by unifying data formats and clearly specifying the terms of use.
  • We support research projects that generate data from the research implementation stage with respect to preparing data in easy-to-utilize formats and constructing databases.
Through these activities, we make sure that the outcomes of publicly funded research projects are widely shared.
ConnectingIntegration of databases
  • We ensure that anyone can easily access public data.
  • We conduct research and development to connect data using semantic web technologies.
  • We support the construction of databases that form the cores in the various fields of the life sciences.
  • We standardize data formats, IDs for genes and so forth, and prepare common terms for describing data and metadata.
Through these activities, we make sure that the databases are connected within and beyond the fields.
UsingUtilization of data
  • We develop the applications required by wet lab researchers to find new knowledge.
  • We prepare the data and tools required by data scientists to implement data-driven research.
  • We disseminate the methods and results of research that utilize large amounts of integrated and diverse data.
Through these activities, we make sure that life sciences data will be utilized more deeply by more people.

Inquiries & opinions

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this website or the web-based services that NBDC provides or wish to consult with us regarding research data or databases.