Other databases
By Adrian Smith

A large number of databases are mentioned on other pages on this website, not least in NORINA and TextBase. A workshop was held in 1996 as one of the first efforts to collect information on existing databases within laboratory animal science and alternatives. The pages below were constructed after that workshop. Databases identified after that workshop are cited here.

Information on Alternatives Databases in the spirit of the three R's

Our theme: Sharing and Collaboration across Borders
A Workshop was held in Neubiberg, a suburb of Munich, Germany, to bring together those working on alternatives databases. The Workshop was hosted by the Akademie für Tierschutz which is a part of of the Deutscher Tierschutzbund ( German Animal Welfare Federation ). The Workshop was chaired by Margot van der Kamp of the Netherlands Centre for Alternatives to Animal Use (NCA), and funded by ECVAM (The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods). An overview of the participants and a group photograph are available (if you would like a larger photograph, click here).
The official proceedings have been published as an ECVAM Workshop Report, both as an article in the journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals), published by FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) and as a separate reprint. The report from the Workshop is available here on the Altweb site at CAAT (see below).
Further details from:

ECVAM, TP 580, JRC Environment Institute, 21020 Ispra (Va), Italy
Telephone: +39 332 785 570
Telefax: +39 332 789 963
Email: Annett Janusch Roi

A similar initiative was undertaken simultaneously in the United States. This resulted in a meeting being held on 23rd October 1996 during the 2nd World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, which was arranged in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 20th to 24th October 1996. The purpose of the meeting was 'to discuss the formation of a multi-national federation to develop a global network of linked alternatives (Three Rs) databases'. All Congress participants currently developing an alternatives database in any discipline (research, testing, education) or who have expertise in database development and who would like to participate in this worldwide project were invited.

The overview presented below is a combination of the conclusions reached at the Neubiberg workshop and the resources presented at the Utrecht meeting.

A similar site was subsequently developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Click here to go to their site called Altweb: Alternatives to Animal Testing on the Web.

Please note:

The compilers of these pages have tried to present a complete overview of the alternatives databases available at the time of writing. The order of citation is arbitrary and does not represent any attempt to rank the various efforts by importance. Our aim is to acknowledge all efforts to implement the three R's of Russell & Burch (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal experiments).  Likewise, any omissions are unintentional.   Please send details of omissions or factual errors, or any other comments you may have, to Professor Adrian Smith (adrian.smith@vetinst.no).

Overview of alternatives databases

The Neubiberg workshop proposed the following classification system for databases and other resources that promote the three R's of Russell & Burch.

1. databases on replacement alternatives
2. databases on reduction alternatives
3. databases on refinement alternatives
4. database on methodologies including their protocols
5. databases on educational subjects
6. databases on test results
7. databases on QSAR
8. databases on for validation/evaluation purposes
9. databases on experts
10. databases on possible funding
11. databases on regulations/guidelines
12. databases on projects on alternatives

An attempt has been made to classify the databases according to this list (numbers in brackets after the database name).  Click here to continue...

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