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, David Edwards, Dominique Gorse, Malcolm McConville, David Powell, Marc R. Wilkins, Andrew Lonie

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-389
Number of pages6
JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2019


  • bioinformatics infrastructure
  • bioinformatics service
  • bioinformatics training
  • capability
  • data-driven analysis
  • data-driven science
  • distributed network
  • national
  • services

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