Greetings

Greetings from the Director-General

Photograph of TAKAGI Toshihisa
Director-General
TAKAGI Toshihisa

Recent advances in measurement and IoT technologies have made it very easy to make detailed measurements in many areas and collect useful data from many sources.
Sophisticated information analysis technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are capable of finding new knowledge in this big data.
The era of big data and artificial intelligence has truly arrived.

However, it is impossible to fully utilize this life sciences data if we simply just collect it.
Such data can be complex, context dependent, and ambiguous, making it very difficult to extract knowledge from.
In fact, it is not easy even for a specialist in bioinformatics to fully utilize all of as many as 20,000 databases established in the life sciences field around the world.

The NBDC is a national center that promotes sharing, organization and integration of this life sciences data with such difficult properties to make it easier to draw out knowledge from the data. In Japan, the scale of projects in general is smaller than those in Europe, U.S. and China, and thus such activities are even more important. Activities for organizing and integrating the small-scale, scattered life sciences data and making it available as big data are essential.
The NBDC and its collaborating institute, the DBCLS, are professional bodies that address this.
We promote the integration of life sciences data within and across fields by working on international standardization of data and their meanings using leading-edge information technology such as semantic web and RDF, while releasing the data accumulated in projects widely so that anyone is free to use the data.

The NBDC also works on activities to popularize data-driven science in addition to developing integrated databases.
We wish to promote a new research and development style in the field of life sciences and the bioindustry where research and development is implemented efficiently using the databases we develop as the infrastructure. Specifically, we practice data-driven science ourselves on several topics in medicine, breeding and production of useful substances and deliver the outcomes.

Summarizing the above, I think we can say that the NBDC is a national organization that implements the necessary activities to contribute to fostering innovation through our data sharing and integration activities. The NBDC has the big ambition of contributing to establishing new research styles using big data as the infrastructure and leading our country in these activities.

However, there are limitations to our budget and personnel, and we do not consider it possible to address these goals only by ourselves.
We hope to receive cooperation from many people and ask for your good-hearted support and understanding.

Director-General, National Bioscience Database Center
TAKAGI Toshihisa

Brief personal history of the Director-General

March 1976 B.S., Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
February 1986 Ph. D. in Engineering (Kyushu University)
June 1988 Associate Professor, Educational Center for Information Processing, Kyushu University
February 1992 Associate Professor, Human Genome Center, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
May 1994 Professor, Human Genome Center, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2003 Professor, Department of Computational Biology, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
April 2007 Director, Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)
April 2008 Professor, Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)
January 2009 Professor, Bioinformation and DDBJ Center, National Institute of Genetics, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)
October 2010 Professor, the Department of Computational Biology, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
April 2012 Director, DDBJ Center, National Institute of Genetics, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)
April 2014 Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2014 Director-General (current position),
National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC), Japan Science and Technology Agency
April 2019 Professor (current position), Toyama University of International Studies
July 2019 President (current position), Toyama University of International Studies

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