Asian Network of Research Resource Centers (ANRRC): Future directions

Yeonhee Lee

Korea National Research Resource Center (KNRRC),
138 Gongneung-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul 139-743, Korea.
Department of Biology, Seoul Women’s University, 621 Nowon-gu,
Seoul 139-774, Korea.
Tel: 82-2-944-6690, E-mail: yhlee@knrrc.or.kr

 
Abstract:
Biological Resource Centers (BRCs) are recognized as a key element of the infrastructure for scientific researches as well as for the industrial developments. To promote cooperation and networking among Asian BRCs, Korea National Research Resource Center (KNRRC) organized ad-hoc meeting to initiate ANRRC in 2009. Three leading institutes (RIKEN BRC of Japan, IMCAS of China and KNRRC of Korea) and scientists from 9 countries agreed to launch ANRRC. At present, ANRRC members comprise 84 institutes from 14 countries. Previous three annual meetings were held in Seoul, Tsukuba, and Beijing. The 4th ANRRC International Meeting will be held in Oct. 17th ~19th on Jeju Island located southwest of Korean peninsula (http://anrrc2012.knrrc.or.kr). Many aspects relevant to biological resources will be covered and talks and posters introducing Asian repositories, culture collections, biobanks, regional networks will be presented. ANRRC annual meetings offer researchers and BRC staffs an opportunity to exchange scientific, technical, environmental, and legal information relevant to biological resources and to share experiences. Three committees-information technology (IT), biobank, and regulation-are working in ANRRC. Information Technology (IT) committee holds regular meetings and discuss search engine development, global catalogue (WFCC), information portal (KOBIC) and current issues. Additionally, ANRRC has started a cross-training program of scientists in 2011 to improve quality of resource management and to initiate collaborative researches between resource centers. ANRRC will facilitate cooperation among BRCs in Asia to provide Authenticated, Customer-oriented resources with Easy Access (ACE) to researchers for the promotion of science and technology in Asia, eventually worldwide.