The Information Center Upgrade Program promotes the following five efforts by seven organizations: (1) NBRP Information Center activities, (2) the Great Ape Information Network (GAIN) activities, (3) the Japan Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) activities, (4) Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) support, and (5) public relations activities for NBRP.
The primary task of NBRP Information Center is the development of bio-resource databases (1). The Information Center is established at the National Institute of Genetics (NIG) and supports the development of bio-resource information databases for each species of the Core Facility Upgrading Program. Resource users can search approximately 6.5 million NBRP resource data and around 40,000 scientific articles that have used or cited these resources by the information center cross-search service. The Center also supports the release of genomic information sequenced by the Genomic Information Upgrading Program. The Information Center also works together withGAIN (2) and JBIF (Japan Initiative for Biodiversity Information) (3) to support their information dissemination through their respective websites. In addition, the ABS Support Team for Academia and the NBRP Public Relations Office have been established in NIG. ABS Support Team for Academia works as a general contact office for ABS-related matters in cooperation with the subcore facilities (4). NBRP Public Relations Office works closely with all organizations participating in the NBRP programs and manages the NBRP portal site and engages in various outreach activities to promote the dissemination and use of bio-resources (5).