Often papers are published where the underlying data supporting the research are not made available because of the limitations of making such large data sets publicly and permanently accessible. Even if the raw data are deposited in public archives, the essential analysis intermediaries, scripts or software are frequently not made available, meaning the science is not reproducible. The GigaScience journal is attempting to address this issue with the associated data storage and dissemination portal, the GigaScience database (GigaDB). GigaDB primarily serves as a repository to host data and tools associated with articles in GigaScience journal; however, it also includes a subset of datasets that are not associated with GigaScience articles (see below). 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. Through their association with DataCite, each dataset in GigaDB will be assigned a DOI that can be used as a standard citation for future use of these data in other articles by the authors and other researchers. The GigaDB curators encourage detailed information about the data hosted to be submitted by their creators in ISA-Tab, a format used by the BioSharing and ISA Commons communities that they work with to maintain the highest data and metadata standards in our journal. To maximize its utility to the research community, all datasets in GigaDB are placed under a CC0 waiver.
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