CSIRO and VectorBase

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What is VectorBase?

VectorBase (https://www.vectorbase.org) is one of the US National Institutes of Health, Bioinformatics Resource Centers for Infectious Disease. Starting later this year, we will be merging with our sister Center EuPathDB (which is home to PlasmoDB, for example).

Our mandate is to make data from studies on vectors of human disease publically available, in such a way that it can be reused to make further advancements in human health.

“Data” includes genomic, transcriptomic, and (most relevant for this project) field-collected surveillance data. Our PopBio Map allows for easy browsing of surveillance data, such as population surveillance species abundance data, for an example click here.


What is CSIRO?

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, https://www.csiro.au/) is Australia’s national science agency. The CSIRO collaborates with leading organisations around the world in the domains of human health, energy, food production, environmental sciences, manufacturing and astronomy. The Data61 unit of CSIRO specialises within data science, engineering and design. The Data61 Ecological and Environmental Risk Assessment (DEERA) team conducts probabilistic risk assessments in the environmental science disciplines, including risk assessments for the importation and controlled field release of genetically modified malaria vector mosquitoes (http://targetmalaria.org/resources/).


What format do we need the data in?

We do not require any particular format - as long as we can understand it - but in general we need to be able to determine the following information:

  1. What mosquito (species and sex) was collected
  2. How was species type identified (morphological? PCR test?)
  3. Where was it collected (GPS points are preferred, but if not, a landmark/town reference)
  4. When (set and collect data if possible) were traps set?
  5. Who? How do we attribute this data? A publication ?

A ‘best practice guide, can be found here


What are some details on the publication to be made?

Our goal is to summarise the data contributions into a manuscript for consideration as a peer-reviewed, citable and open access paper to be published at the journal Scientific Data (https://www.nature.com/sdata/. The contributing data custodians will be included as authors of the publication. VectorBase will lead the writing and provide the corresponding author and point of contact for the publication process. The proposed title for the article is “A public spatio-temporal database for the abundance of the Anopheles gambiae species complex: A dominant malaria vector of sub-Saharan Africa”.


How does VectorBase handle data attribution?

VectorBase makes every effort to make data attributed to the original data generators, information on this can be found here


Can I submit more kinds of data?

Absolutely! VectorBase is always looking for additional high quality surveillance data such as trapping of non Anopheles gambiae s.l. species, pathogen status assays, and insecticide resistance assays. Please contact us for more information.


Where can I get more information?

Please email info@vectorbase.org

Meet staff in person at:

  • EMBO Molecular and population biology of mosquitoes and other disease vectors July 22 – 26, Kolymbari, Crete
  • The International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) annual meeting (July 23-26) and / Data Resources Workshop -EuPathDB, ClinEpiDB, and VectorBase (July 29 - August 2), both events in Nairobi, Kenya
  • PAMCA meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon Sept 23-25