The database (developed within the Dutch FES project, 2006-2010) has been further developed during the QBOL project in this work package. Together with QBOL work package leaders and associated researchers, we have created six databases: for fungi, arthropods, bacteria, nematodes, viruses and phytoplasmas. All groups have access to their databases via Citrix XenApp. The total database Q-bank is freely accessible online. Contacts with CBOL/BOLD, EDIT, QBOL work packages, GBIFStrainInfo, GenBank and EMBL were taken at several occasions during the course of the project in order to import from and export data to the respective projects or databases. A software module to export to and import from Genbank (and therefore EMBL) has been implemented. In discussion with the curators of the database we continuously improved the Internet-based software to comply with the needs of the end-users during pairwise meetings. Additional training was provided during the meetings with QBOL work package leaders and associated researchers.
Filling of the Q-bank databases has been done during last stages of the QBOL project and will continue even beyond the end of the project. Publication of the created databases is now complete and internet visitors are regularly using the system. Websites are therefore not restricted to the users participating in the QBOL project anymore. Usage of the different databases are monitored by Google Analytics.