Common Access to Biological Resources and Information
FAQ (or how to be satisfied when accessing this site)
CABRI (Common Access to Biological Resource and Information)
In this section:
- What is CABRI?
- CABRI (Common Access to Biological Resources and Information)
is a demonstration project funded by
the European Union for the period 1996-1999.
It has its roots directly in the previous EU-project MINE
from which it inherited the dedicated taxonomic data structure.
CABRI main goals are:
To reach our goals, the project has implemented
a unified access to culture collection catalogues of
participating collections, while also guaranteeing a common level
of quality of material and related information.
- to increase awareness among scientific users of the
quality and variety of European culture collections,
- to facilitate access to information and material.
The outstanding achievement of the project has been the development
of this site,
an on-line 'one-stop-shop' for biological resources where
researchers can search, analyse, identify, select and pre-order
strains of their interest.
CABRI on line services allows the user to check on the
availability of a particular item, interrogating one or more
catalogues at the same time, and to pre-order the required
biological resources, once located.
- Who gains by using CABRI?
- All kinds of scientists from the applied sciences,
from pure science, from research and development or from
the diagnostic laboratory can benefit from using quality biological
material offered through CABRI.
All kinds of policy makers dealing with economical, ecological,
environmental, transport, and other matters involving living
biological material will benefit from the quality information
gathered in the CABRI catalogues for each individual item of
- Why should I search through CABRI?
- There are many advantages:
Catalogues are usually up-to-date since collections are
requested to submit them twice a year, so there is no risk
to miss recent information.
- you can search many catalogues simultaneously and in a
- with the CABRI Simple Search, you have support for a
search for synonyms,
- you can select the search engine that you prefer among
the CABRI Simple Search, the SRS Standard interface
and the HyperCatalogue,
- biological resources are of the highest quality level
since member BRCs agreed to CABRI Quality Management Guidelines,
- you can pre-order resources of your interest without
any surcharge and much faster,
- you can retrieve additional information from related databases,
such as Medline.
- Who are CABRI partners?
- This service is currently maintained by nine Biological
Resource Centers with support from information
CABRI BRCs are listed in the Collections' page, which is
accessible from the left menu of all pages.
- Can I become a partner of CABRI?
- CABRI membership is open to any recognised European BRC,
willing and able to work at the agreed quality levels.
Member collections provide customers with high standard
services, including biological resources and information.
These must meet the specifications laid down in the quality
management and catalogue production guidelines. Internal
audits occur to ensure that these are followed.
The role of resource centres within CABRI involves meeting
consensus for data fields and content type,
harmonizing procedures and agreeing on equivalent methods
and procedures and producing guidelines for each type of
Members obligations include active involvement in the
activities of the project, agreement on Quality Management
Guidelines and submission of
catalogues in agreement with the CABRI catalogue production
procedures for inclusion in the CABRI site.
- How do I become a partner of CABRI?
- A detailed description of the procedures for joining
CABRI is included in the "Procedures Manual"
(see "Site Map"). Preliminary contact with the
CABRI Technical Committee (see the "Contacts"
section of this site) is required.
- Commercial links with CABRI?
- CABRI is a consortium of European Collections. Each collection is
independent and has its own methods of operating, but always meeting
CABRI's guidelines for quality.
CABRI does not itself engage in any commercial links: contacts for
redistribution of biological resources should be established with