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

Maria Victoria Schneider, Philippa C. Griffin, Sonika Tyagi, Madison Flannery, Saravanan Dayalan, Simon Gladman, Nathan Watson-Haigh, Philipp E. Bayer, Michael Charleston, Ira Cooke, Rob Cook, Richard J. Edwards (+6 others)
2017 Briefings in Bioinformatics  
Establishing a distributed national research infrastructure providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Australia Briefings in Bioinformatics, 2017; OnlinePubl:071-1-071-6 He is also the Head of Node for EMBL-ABR: JCU Node. He is interested in invertebrate genomes, particularly corals and cephalopods. He also develops software tools for proteomics that make better use of draft genome and transcriptome data for non-model organisms. Rob Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of
more » ... e Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation Ltd (QCIF). QCIF facilitates and coordinates advanced eResearch services and information technology infrastructure for research in its member universities. He is the Head of Node for EMBL-ABR: QCIF Node. Richard J. Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He works on the development and application of tools for protein interaction motif discovery (SLiMSuite), and genomics with PacBio long-read DNA sequencing. He is fascinated with the molecular basis of evolutionary change, and how we can harness the genetic sequence patterns left behind to make useful predictions about contemporary biological systems. He is part of EMBL-ABR: SBI Node. David Edwards is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Western Australia. His research activities include the characterization of complex plant genomes, translational genomics and genome informatics, with a focus on wheat, Brassica and chickpea crops. He is the Head of the UWA Node for EMBL-ABR. Dominique Gorse is Director of QFAB Bioinformatics (Brisbane, Australia) where he leads the development of QFAB's platform for integrated and accessible bioinformatics, which is designed to support large multi-institution research projects and to provide advanced bioinformatics services to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, clinical and research communities. He is part of EMBL-ABR: QCIF Node. 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.
doi:10.1093/bib/bbx071 pmid:29106479 fatcat:rddz4ymlandfvge6lknmcjn3dy