Databases

Databases in biology tend to be big and full of lots of data. It is important to practice and teach the skills mentioned earlier in this book for students to be successful in database labs. It is also worth teaching database skills earlier in the course as this will enable students to feel confident carrying out a database lab.
Image: Gerd Altmann, Pixabay, 2018.
The databases below are a collection of curated labs that could be used for IAs or to teach IA skills.
Database
IB Topics
Internal Assessments
For Learning
GenBank
Genetics, evolution
Yes, common genes such as haemoglobin or Cytochrome C can be compared.
Yes, data from the GenBank can be used in Clustal Omega to construct cladograms.
Genetics, evolution
Yes, using data from GenBank.
Yes, this can be used to compare percent homology and construct cladograms.
Ecology
Yes, students will have to do a lot of sorting and manipulating of the data through.
Yes, there are possibilities for practice IA’s and data analysis questions.
Various
Yes, various data sets can be downloaded and used in different ways.
Yes, the educator section has great walkthroughs for students to practice.
Ecology
Yes, a massive database of birds that could be queried.
Yes, could be a rich source of practice to analysing data.
Human physiology
Yes, the images have scale bars that allow things to be measured. Comparisons of different types of cells could be done.
Yes, this is also excellent for use to help identify structures, such as villi, mitochondria, parts the cell, etc.
DataONE
Ecology
Yes, a large number of datasets on various habitats and studies.
Yes, data analysis questions could be created using the data sets and practise analysing data.
Ecology
Yes, citizen science databases that could be queried.
Yes, data analysis questions could be created using the data sets and practise analysing data.
Various datasets on human physiology
Yes, this is a collection of data about health rather than a specific site. Take care to focus on biological topics.
Yes. Data analysis questions could be created using the data sets and practise analysing data.
Various datasets on human physiology
Yes, this is a collection of data about health rather than a specific site. Take care to focus on biological topics.
Yes, data analysis questions could be created using the data sets and practise analysing data.
OSF
Various datasets
Yes, this is a collection of data about health rather than a specific site. Take care to focus on biological topics.
Yes, data analysis questions could be created using the data sets and practise analysing data.
DRYAD
Various datasets
Yes, this is a collection of data about health rather than a specific site. Take care to focus on biological topics.
Yes, data analysis questions could be created using the data sets and practise analysing data.
A huge link to a variety of datasets
Yes, this is a collection of data about health rather than a specific site. Take care to focus on biological topics.
Yes, some of this data could be used to analyse epidemiological data related to vaccination programmes (Topic 11)