Tommas Måløy

“Valuation and genomic databases: a case study on the aqua genome project”



Digitalizing gen information from fish is critical for Norwegians cod farming industry and thus the Norwegian future bioeconomy. Sequencing the cod’s gens will enable to produce more efficiently as key information about the cod’s evolution and evolvement will be more available. It will permit the categorization of different types of cod, their behavior, physiology, internal and external needs, threats, and opportunities.

Commercially, the aim is to support companies define market prospects due to the definition of key aspects as sexual maturity, ability to withstand temperature swings, maximum weight, oxygen uptake etc. It is beneficial for the scientific community as it will enable to gather data about biological relations, and climate and environmental effects. The public is thought to benefit by the consequent push that the industry would have on economic terms and thus employment and coastal management.

However, the main question is not for what, but how will the data be understood and used. The amounts of data are so large that it may become useless to store and have it as no one can define it or use it properly. There is an increase capacity to produce data at a low cost, which allows labs to conduct research that was previously too expensive, but there is a large inflation of the amount of data.

How can such data be controlled? Will the more availability of data really foster more sharing of data and collaboration, or will it create confusion, conflict and inefficiency? Furthermore, who does the analysis? What about data that is stolen? How democratized is the use of the data?

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