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Bioinformatics is crucial to all life science research. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is one of a few major centres in the world that provide data and services for bioinformatics and, with Australia’s membership of EMBL, a natural collaborator of Australia. In 2010 a project was launched to mirror EBI services from the University of Queensland (UQ). The goal was to improve Australian bioinformatics by removing barriers of geographical remoteness.
We have revisited the Mirror’s mission in light of experience and with input from a survey of Australian bioinformatics needs, and are creating the Bioinformatics Resource Australia – EMBL (BRAEMBL) with a mission to:
enable optimal exploitation of the tools and data of bioinformatics by Australian scientists
contribute to the global biomolecular information infrastructure in a way which showcases Australian science.
engage in Australia-wide training in support of these goals
Key findings of the survey and the rationale for the BRAEMBL project will be presented.
BRAEMBL will work with the EBI to create a part of the EBI in Australia and to ensure that Australian scientists have access to the data and methods of bioinformatics and the necessary IT resources, though integrated high-quality services to rival those available anywhere in the world. This will draw on the support of Australian partners including BioPlatforms Australia (BPA) and the existing eResearch infrastructure. It will work with UQ’s Research Computing Centre to be early adopters of modern IT methodologies, in particular cloud computing.
The evolving plan for the BRAEMBL and its contribution to Australian bioinformatics will be presented.