The Pancreas Knowledge Base or "Pancreapedia" is designed to be an open access, one-stop information repository for the exocrine pancreas whose purpose is to expedite research on the pancreas. It contains the features of a reference book, methods book, cellular atlas and directory all integrated into a single searchable site with links between sections and to external resources such as PubMed and NCBI. It will produce, compile and curate information on the pancreas. Pancreapedia will promote sharing of unique reagents and resources and create an evolving and expanding source of information and methods that can be accessed worldwide. It will also provide a networking function and serve as a directory of pancreatic researchers worldwide to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and to promote collaboration.
Our goal is to have all pancreas researchers worldwide participate in this endeavor. We invite all community members to join our Directory and to contribute information in their area of expertise. There will also be provision to comment or add to information presented in each entry. To maintain quality The Pancreapedia will be overseen by an editorial team and an Editorial Board. Entries will be invited by an Editor or approved by an Editor in response to an inquiry and offer from a community member. Instructions are available in How to submit. All submitted entries will be reviewed by an Editor and a member of the Editorial Board for information content and clarity. Entries will be identified and citable. Intellectual property rights will remain with the author.
Organizations and individuals devoted to the exocrine pancreas and its diseases are invited to become Sponsors and contribute funding. This will allow provision of content free to users. Users are required to log in by providing their name and email address. To become a member of the Pancreapedia Community they will fill out a directory entry. Information in the Directory will be available to Community Members and Sponsors but will not be provided to Commercial entities.
Pancreapedia.org was awarded a three-year grant by the National Library of Medicine, which was partially funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This grant covers the period from September 15 2012 to September 14 2015.
Funding for this "Scholarly Works" project was made possible by grant G13 LM010912 from the National Library of Medicine, NIH, DHHS. The views expressed in any written publication, or other media, do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.