The MetaboLights repository aims to become the first comprehensive, cross-species, cross-platform metabolomics database maintained by one of the major open access data providers in molecular biology. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) ensures long-term stability and maintenance of the resource. Deposited datasets are assigned a stable identifier of the form MTBLS1 (the first dataset ever deposited in MetaboLights). These identifiers, like other stable identifiers in Bioinformatics, can be used to mark datasets in publications or merge data in systems biology applications.
Like all other EBI resources, the MetaboLights database is completely open to the public, including open access to the data. Data are made available in publicly accepted open standards compliant with community standards (BioSharing), including Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations (MIBBI) checklists. The software is open source and adheres to the promotion of open source file formats, such as mzML and nmrML. One of the main submission channels for MetaboLights use is the ISA Tools Suite.