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Original languageEnglish
Article number104
JournalWellcome Open Research
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2019


Open research, data sharing and data re-use have become a priority for publicly- and charity-funded research. Efficient data management naturally requires computational resources that assist in data description, preservation and discovery. While it is possible to fund development of data management systems, currently it is more difficult to sustain data resources beyond the original grants. That puts the safety of the data at risk and undermines the very purpose of data gathering.
PlaSMo stands for ‘Plant Systems-biology Modelling’ and the PlaSMo model repository was envisioned by the plant systems biology community in 2005 with the initial funding lasting till 2010. We addressed the sustainability of the PlaSMo repository and assured preservation of these data by implementing an exit strategy. For our exit strategy we migrated data to an alternative public repository of secured funding. We describe details of our decision process and aspects of the implementation. Our experience may serve as an example for other projects in similar situation.
We share our reflections on sustainability of biological data management and the future outcomes of its funding. We expect it to be a useful input for funding bodies.

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  • data sharing, research data management, sustainable data infrastructure, exit strategy, research funding

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