The BIGSdb website Policy concerning the platform & data use agreement and the privacy notice of BIGSdb-Pasteur was updated on March 25, 2024. Please consult it before using the platform and the data.

The procedure for submitting data for curation were updated on Mai 03, 2024. Please consult them before making a new submission. If any questions, contact us.

Submission guidelines for data curation

Getting an account

If you do not have an account yet, please create a new account through the web site Register for a site-wide account and next register your account with the database(s) in which you wish to submit data via the automated submission system. If you already have an account associated with a database, you can reset your password, update your profile and register your account with specific databases in the site-wide account settings page.

Please ensure that you enter a valid E-mail address, as account validation details will be sent to this address. Please fill the box with your complete details using proper first letter capitalization of names and full affiliation details, i.e. department, institution, country (avoiding acronyms). This information will appear with any data that you submit.

NB. Submissions from users with incomplete account information will be promptly rejected.

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We encourage the submission of all isolates of your studies, so that the database would be as representative of the natural populations as possible. Thus, please do not restrict yourself to submitting only isolates that represent new sequence types: isolates with already known genotypes are valuable as well.

Two separate databases are available for each pathogen: the Alleles & Profiles database and the Isolates & Genomes database. Depending on your data (whole genomes assemblies or sanger sequences), you will have to make the required submission(s) in the corresponding database as illustrated in the following scheme.

Submission guideline illustration

Please submit all data (isolate’s records and sequence data) for allele and profiles definitions through your BIGSdb-Pasteur submitter account. Once your submission is completed, you and the curators will automatically receive a notification. For more information about how BIGSdb-Pasteur handles your data please read our Policy.

Please submit one or more genome assemblies (all in the same submission batch) to the Isolates & genomes database. In this case, you will have to provide the isolate(s) metadata, and the definition of new allele(s) and MLST/cgMLST profile(s) will be performed automatically from the whole genome assembly file.

For more information on the submission procedure for whole genome assembly, please consult the Guidelines for submitting whole genome assembly data.

Sanger Sequencing (to be discontinued)

To submit Sanger sequencing data, you will have in ALL cases to make an "isolates" type submission to the Isolates & genomes database, where you will have to provide the isolate(s) metadata. In addition, an "alleles" and/or "MLST profiles" type submission in the Alleles & profiles database may be required.

The discovery of a new allele will always lead to the discovery of a new MLST profile. Therefore, when submitting a new allele, please submit the new MLST profile at the same time. This enables curators to group and process submissions more quickly. The novel allele can be marked as ‘new’ of left blank.

NB. Incomplete MLST profiles will NOT be assigned and will be promptly rejected.

For more information on the procedure for submission of Sanger data, please consult the Guidelines for submitting Sanger sequencing data.

Curation delay and data release

Depending on the type of data submitted, the time required to curate your submission may vary:

  • For submissions involving whole genome assemblies, results are typically available in <24h for small batches or several days for larger batches (hundreds of genomes).
  • For submissions involving Sanger data, which require more in-depth manual curation, we anticipate a delay of one week to complete the curation process.

Once the curation is complete, novel alleles and profiles are made immediately available online, as they form the basis of the public nomenclature of genotypes. You will be notified and asked to control if all data integrated in the BIGSdb database are correct.

Data privacy options

Although we encourage immediate release of your isolates provenance data and genomic sequences, all genome submissions (isolates metadata and assemblies) can be kept private, and submitters can at later stage make them public and associate them to PUBMED ids, at any time. Submissions without genome data are made publicly available immediately.

In the case you would like to ask for an embargo period (e.g., prior to publication), please specify it to the curators in the Messages box of the submission page or mailing curators. Data release can be performed e.g., when your publication is accepted. If curators may automatically submit your data to the public database after this period.

Data updates

We kindly ask you to inform us in the case of data publication or metadata rectifications. Although we offer the possibility of data update, please make every effort to have correct metadata at submission, in order to minimize the need for updates.

Acknowledgments and References

Curation and maintenance of BIGSdb-Pasteur databases is performed on a voluntary basis by colleagues who dedicate their time to the community.

We appreciate if you can recognize our efforts by adding the following sentence in the acknowledgments section of your publications, or any other document that might arise from curated data:

We thank the Institut Pasteur teams for the curation and maintenance of BIGSdb-Pasteur databases at

In your scientific publications or other documents, please quote the original publications on the development of nomenclature schemes, which are indicated on the references page of each organism (see example for Klebsiella references page).

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