GigaDB primarily serves as a repository to host data and tools associated with articles in GigaScience (GigaScience is an online, open-access journal). GigaDB defines a dataset as a group of files (e.g., sequencing data, analyses, imaging files, software programs) that are related to and support an article or study. GigaDB allows the integration of manuscript publication with supporting data and tools.
GigaDB is covered by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. GigaScience is an online, open-access journal that includes, as part of its publishing activities, the database GigaDB. GigaScience is co-published in collaboration between BGI and BioMed Central, to meet the needs of a new generation of biological and biomedical research as it enters the era of “big-data.