The mission of the European Life sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) is to enable a sustainable infrastructure for biological information to support life science research. For the information gathering phase a survey of biomolecular resources has been carried out. After a pilot survey of 50 databases a final list of 73 questions was optimised to provide detailed information about locations, data types, funding, usage metrics, citations and other statistics relevant to database operation. We prepared mailing lists using the Nucleic Acids Research Molecular Biology Database Collection from Jan 2008 and by running PubMed queries for updates during 2008/2009. The proportion of published databases that included ELIXIR-affiliated countries was 38%.
How biological databases are used in the European Union.