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Pascale Gaudet is the Scientific Manager of the neXtProt database developed at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Dr Gaudet previously worked as Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, on projects involving Model Organism Databases and the Gene Ontology Consortium. Dr Gaudet is one of the founding members and the Chairperson of the International Society for Biocuration, a non-profit aiming to facilitate interactions between biologists and computer scientists developing biological databases and related resources. The larger goal is to improve the overall quality of the resources, ensure their stability, and encourage the continued recruitment of high quality scientists to the field. One of the projects lead by the ISB is BioDBCore, a uniform description of the core attributes of biological databases aimed at improving interoperability between resources, provide guidance for users, and ultimately maximize the collective impact of these resources.