MassBank is the first public repository of mass spectral data for sharing them among scientific research community. MassBank data are useful for the chemical identification and structure elucidation of chemical comounds detected by mass spectrometry.MassBank system is originally designed for public sharing of reference mass spectra for metabolite identification. It is also useful for their in-house or local sharing. Recently it finds another application; sharing mass spectra of unknown metabolites for metabolite profiling. The IPB is operating the first european MassBank site, that is part of the consortial MassBank Project. You can access both the set of IPB Tandem-MS and Ion Trap spectra, as well as the other massbank sites.
As of January 2010, 16 research groups, 12 in Japan, 3 in the United States and 1 in Germany, are contributing data to MassBank (Table 2). Mass spectral data, chemical compounds and analytical methods are summarized for each research group on the website (http://www.massbank.jp/en/published.html). These data are distributed on eight MassBank data servers, one of which is located in the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (Halle, Germany). Eight small research groups currently without their own data servers contribute their data to the MassBank data servers in Japan or Germany.