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Brief Bioinform. 2017 Jun 30. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbx071. [Epub ahead of print]

Establishing a distributed national research infrastructure providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Australia.

Abstract

EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource (EMBL-ABR) is a developing national research infrastructure, providing bioinformatics resources and support to life science and biomedical researchers in Australia. EMBL-ABR comprises 10 geographically distributed national nodes with one coordinating hub, with current funding provided through Bioplatforms Australia and the University of Melbourne for its initial 2-year development phase. The EMBL-ABR mission is to: (1) increase Australia's capacity in bioinformatics and data sciences; (2) contribute to the development of training in bioinformatics skills; (3) showcase Australian data sets at an international level and (4) enable engagement in international programs. The activities of EMBL-ABR are focussed in six key areas, aligning with comparable international initiatives such as ELIXIR, CyVerse and NIH Commons. These key areas-Tools, Data, Standards, Platforms, Compute and Training-are described in this article.

KEYWORDS:

EMBL-ABR; bioinformatics infrastructure; bioinformatics service; bioinformatics training; capability; data-driven analysis; data-driven science; distributed network; national; services

PMID:
29106479
DOI:
10.1093/bib/bbx071

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