The Information Center Upgrade Program promotes the following five efforts by seven organizations: (1) NBRP information center activity, (2) the Great Ape Information Network (GAIN), (3) the Japan Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), (4) the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Support Team for Academia, and (5) public relations activities for NBRP.
NBRP information center’s primary task is the development of bioresource databases (1). The information center is located at the National Institute of Genetics (NIG) and supports the development and operation of information disclosure sites and resource distribution sites for each species of the Core Facility Upgrading Program. Bioresource users can search 6.54 million resource data, and 36,000 scientific articles that have used or cited these resources by cross-searching service. The center also supports the release of genomic information obtained from the bioresources sequenced by the Genomic Information Upgrading Program. The information center is also working together with GAIN (2) and GBIF (3). In addition, the ABS Support Team for Academia and the NBRP Public Relations Office have been opened in the NIG. ABS Support Team for Academia works as a general contact office for ABS-related matters in cooperation with sub-core facilities (4). NBRP public relations promotes the appropriate use of NBRP resources, we will cooperate with organizations participating in all of the NBRP programs to develop activities of public relations (5).