Institute of Oceanography
Bioinformatics is the area
of interaction between the information technology and Life-Sciences including
Biotechnology. Recognizing the importance and necessity to develop the
emerging area of Bioinformatics, the national Biotechnology Board (NBTB)
of Government of India recognized that the growing stores of biological
data could speed research and ultimately improve health, food production
and live stock quality if data were properly collected and maintained.
Department of Biotechnology responded to the need for information storage,
retrieval and analysis system by establishing the Biotechnology Information
System for biotechnologists.
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The Biotechnology Information
System was established to serve as distributed database and network organization
for harnessing the scientific knowledge in various inter-disciplinary areas
of Biotechnology and its dissemination to R & D institutions, universities
and industry. Presently it is comprises of nine specialized Distributed
Information Centers (DICs) in six identified areas of Biotechnology, twenty
one Sub-DICs for diffusion of scientific information across the network
and an Apex Center at the Department of Biotechnology to coordinate the
network activities. DICs have been established with the task of providing
subject oriented (disciplines oriented) information to all institutions
belonging to the branch and other institutions and individual users interested
in the particular subject of information related to the branch.
Distributed Information Sub-centres
provide an access mechanism for the information to be available at added
dimension of access and diffusion of information across the network.
The Apex center at DBT is
responsible for coordinating, organizing and providing information services
at national level covering a wide range of subjects on large sector of
national endeavors in Biotechnology. It coordinates the activities of other
DICs and provide a nation-wide communication network between the DICs and
other Sub centers. It also coordinates linkage and cooperation with external
sources of Bioinformatics including documentation and information centers
Recognizing the importance
and necessity to develop the emerging areas of Bioinformatics and its application
in Marine Sciences, Bioinformatics Center (Sub-DIC) at National Institute
of Oceanography (CSIR) Dona Paula, Goa was established in January
1990 under the biotechnology Information System (BTIS) program. , Bioinformatics
Center at NIO has been engaged in :
and dissemination of data/information on Marine Biodiversity.
Assistance to the
scientists especially marine biologists and biotechnologists with computer/computational
in the subject field related to marine biology and biotechnology.
search through network and off-line through CDROMs.
Networking and communication
Building up of active
network of marine biologists and biotechnologists in the country.
Training to potential
Development of CD-ROMs
on "NIO's Database on Marine Life of India (NIODMLI)"
"CDROM on Marine
Prawns of India" Version 1.0.
international programs through centers like ICLARM, Philippines, ETI, The
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