Dear Colleagues The past twelve months have seen the transformation of this bioinformatics initiative into a structured, networked enterprise. We have demonstrated a working model for maximising the resources and skills existing amongst our own life science community and for mobilising them to connect with international expertise and resources, to ensure our research remains world […]
Andrew Lonie, Director & Vicky Schneider, Deputy Director
|Bioplatforms Australia||LEAD INSTITUTE|
|University of Melbourne||LEAD INSTITUTE|
The EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource is hosted at Melbourne Bioinformatics through a funding agreement between the University of Melbourne and Bioplatforms Australia.
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EMBL-ABR aims to:
- increase Australia’s capacity to collect, integrate, analyse, exploit, share and archive the large heterogeneous data sets now part of modern life sciences research
- contribute to the development of and provide training in data, tools and platforms to enable Australia’s life science researchers to undertake research in the age of big data
- showcase Australian research and datasets at an international level
- enable engagement in international programs that create, deploy and develop best practice approaches to data management, software tools and methods, computational platforms and bioinformatics services.
EMBL-ABR is structured as a hub/nodes model, with the Hub located at Melbourne Bioinformatics, University of Melbourne. EMBL-ABR is also currently exploring engagement with the European infrastructure for biological information, ELIXIR, and other relevant international efforts such as CyVerse and BD2K.
EMBL-ABR is a truly national resource. There are now ten Nodes which are organised around six Key Areas: Data, Tools, Compute, Standards, Training and Platforms, mapped to their respective expertise in terms of biosciences domains. The Nodes are hosted at institutions across Australia. EMBL-ABR Director Andrew Lonie is also Director, Melbourne Bioinformatics. The project is being driven by Deputy Director, EMBL-ABR, Assoc Prof Vicky Schneider who is currently based at EBI, Cambridge, UK.
To learn more about all activities linked to Australia’s membership of EMBL, go to the EMBL Australia website.
As our Genomics Virtual Laboratory expert, Simon Gladman was invited by colleagues in the UK and EU to spend time over summer on some key bioinformatics problems and to share some Australian know-how. He has already covered a lot of territory. Here he gives the first of several updates to come: 17-19 May Applied Bioinformatics […]