DDBJ Network Servers

Yoshihiro Ugawa yugawa at bill.genes.nig.ac.jp
Wed Dec 16 03:38:48 EST 1992

Dear all,

DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ)  Network Server Announcement

Following 3 servers are available at DDBJ.
Attached, please find "A Brief Outline of DDBJ" and "README.dna"

Anonymous ftp server:
  ftp.nig.ac.jp (

WAIS server:
     :version  3
     :ip-address ""
     :ip-name "wais.nig.ac.jp"
     :tcp-port 210
     :database-name "dna"
     :cost 0.00
     :cost-unit :free
     :maintainer "ddbj at ddbj.nig.ac.jp"
     :subjects "DNA sequences (DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank) including daily updates"
     :description "Server created with WAIS release 8 b5 (iubio-wais)
  on Dec  4 12:20:57 1992 by dbm at night
  This server is off on Sunday
  The files of type dna used in the index were:

Gopher server:
  Name=DNA Data Bank of Japan, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima

--Yoshihiro Ugawa
--National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan

A Brief Outline of DDBJ (DNA Data Bank of Japan)

  We, DDBJ, began a DNA data bank activity in Japan in 1986 with 
endorsement of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture of 
Japan and representative Japanese molecular biologists.   From the 
beginning, it was intended that DDBJ would operate as one of the 
International DNA data banks, with the EMBL Data Library in Europe 
and GenBank/NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) in 
the USA as the two other members.

  Consequently, we have been collaborating with these two data banks in 
many aspects through daily exchanges of messages and data through 
international networks, and by holding two annual meetings, the 
International DNA Data Banks Advisory Meeting and the International 
DNA Data Banks Collaborative Meeting.

  DDBJ is the sole DNA data bank in Japan, which is officially 
certified to collect DNA sequences from researchers and which can 
issue accession numbers to data submitters.  We collect data mainly 
from Japanese researchers, but of course accept data and issue 
accession numbers to researchers in any other countries.  Data 
submission via E-mail is preferable, but submission via floppy 
diskettes is also accepted.  We exchange collected data with the EMBL 
Data Library and GenBank/NCBI on a daily basis, so that the three 
data banks share virtually the same data at any moment.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ)
Postal Address: DDBJ, National Institute of Genetics
                Yata, Mishima, 411, Japan
E-mail address for inquiries: ddbj at ddbj.nig.ac.jp
E-mail address for data submission: ddbjsub at ddbj.nig.ac.jp
E-mail address for citation and data update: ddbjupdt at ddbj.nig.ac.jp
Telephone: +81-559-75-0771
Fax: +81-559-75-6040


DNA sequence files are located by its ACCESSION number.
Currently, you can not find sequence by its secondary accession number.

For example, you can find D00066 in /dna/D/00/06/D00066 directory.

  ftp> cd /dna/D/00/06/D00066
  250 CWD command successful.
  ftp> ls -la
  200 PORT command successful.
  150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
  total 20
  drwxr-xr-x  2 dbm           512 Aug 28 02:13 .
  drwxr-xr-x 11 dbm           512 Aug 27 13:56 ..
  -rw-r--r--  1 dbm          5934 Aug 27 08:41 D00066.D
  -rw-r--r--  1 dbm          4784 Aug 28 02:13 D00066.E
  -rw-r--r--  1 dbm          6240 Aug 27 16:42 D00066.L
  226 Transfer complete.
  remote: -la
  272 bytes received in 1.1 seconds (0.24 Kbytes/s)

An extension character, D,E,L,N shows the data source.
For example, D00066.D is from DDBJ, D00066.E is from EMBL data lib.,
D00066.L(N) is from GenBank.


Authors often request that data be held in confidence until after
publication even though they have already been assigned an accession
number for their data.  This adds an additional delay in data release
because the data bank staff must ascertain that the data has appeared
in print.  If you have a reference to sequence data but can not
retrieve the data from the server, please send the literature
reference and accession number (or locus name) to:
  ddbjupdt at ddbj.nig.ac.jp
and the data will be released to the server as soon as possible.

DNA and Protein sequence data are maintained by DDBJ staffs.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, DNA Data Bank
of Japan (DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank International Nucleotide Sequence Database).
  ddbj at ddbj.nig.ac.jp

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