Last week we discussed three controlled vocabularies that are used in biobanking. This week, we will discuss some data standards that use those vocabularies to make shared data models that can be used to shape and share biobanking data.
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A Biobank refers to any organized collection of biological material that once was either part of a living organism or produced by it. While this blog post focuses on the human biospecimen repositories, the fundamental principles discussed are relevant for many if not most other biobank types. Furthermore the terms specimen, biospecimen and sample are used interchangeably.