Last updated:2016.12.21.

History of DDBJ

1980
EMBL data library was organized, and asked international cooperation for nucleotide sequence data bank to Japan.

1982
EMBL and GenBank started international cooperation, and invited Japan to participate their data bank.

1983
Aimed at contribution for international data bank to collect, to evaluate and to provide nucleotide sequence data, trial data loading was started.

1984
NIG; the National Institute of Genetics was reorganized as an Inter-University Research Institute.
DDBJ began to work at NIG.

1986
DNA Database Advisory Committee organized.

1987
DDBJ release 1 was provided.
By this release, we regard this year as official start of DDBJ operation.

April, 1995
To operate DDBJ more efficiently, CIB; the Center for Information Biology was established in NIG.

April, 2001
CIB was reorganized as CIB-DDBJ; the Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan

April, 2004
NIG was reorganized as a member of ROIS; Research Organization of Information and Systems. DDBJ has also belonged to ROIS.

May, 2005
DDBJ, EMBL-Bank and GenBank agreed to call their collaboration INSDC; International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration; and to call the unified nucleotide sequence database INSD; the International Nucleotide Sequence Database.

April, 2007
DBCLS; Database Center for Life Science was newly founded in ROIS.

2009
DDBJ faculty staff have greatly been reshuffled. DDBJ collaborates with DBCLS more closely.
INSDC added a collaborative meeting to deal with huge sequence data produced by the next generation sequencers (Sequence Read Archive) and traces produced by traditional sequencers (Trace Archive).

April, 2012
DDBJ, expanding its DNA databank activities, was restructured as one of the Intellectual Infrastructure Project Centers of NIG, being separated from CIB.

October, 2013
Collaborating with NBDC; National Bioscience Database Center, DDBJ Center started to operate the archive for all types of individual-level genetic and de-identified phenotypic data from human subjects, JGA; Japanese Genotype-phenotype Archive.
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