GigaScience publishes big data biological and biomedical sciences studies with high-speed transport from Aspera | Cision Wire
"Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation technologies that move the world’s big data at maximum speed, today announced that GigaScience, an online open-access, open-data life sciences journal, co-published by BGI and BioMed Central has adopted a suite of software products from Aspera to provide authors, reviewers, and other users with the tools to upload and download the extremely large data sets that accompany manuscripts at maximum speed. GigaScience publishes big-data articles covering the full spectrum of biological and biomedical sciences, including fields based on difficult-to-access data such as imaging studies, neuroscience, and systems biology. All of the manuscripts that are accepted and published in the journal focus on the use, analysis, or tool development for large-scale data sets. Perceiving a problem with the reproducibility of data-heavy scientific studies, GigaScience set out to provide a solution. With the goals of making research articles transparent, the research itself reproducible and reusable, and large-scale data easily accessible and citable, GigaScience hosts the complete data sets associated with each published article in a comprehensive public database, GigaDB. It further provides each dataset with a ‘digital object identifier,’ which makes it easier for people to locate the files they’re looking for and also provides the means for people to directly cite the data when reusing or reproducing research. The data sets submitted in support of published articles can easily reach multiple terabytes in size. To handle the transfer of such enormous datasets, GigaScience has adopted a suite of software products from Aspera to provide authors, reviewers, and other users with the tools to quickly and easily upload and download all the large data sets that accompany manuscripts. GigaScience selected Aspera Connect Server to rapidly transfer all the data sets that accompany submitted manuscripts to the GigaScience database and Aspera Console to manage and monitor the entire end-to-end transfer process. Prior to using Aspera, GigaScience struggled with FTP and even tried shipping physical drives. However, GigaScience and researchers cannot wait weeks to finish uploading large data sets attached to manuscripts – the journal typically likes to return reviews to authors within two weeks and publish immediately upon acceptance; and researchers need rapid download times to be most effective ..."