EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource (EMBL-ABR) is a distributed national research infrastructure providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Australia. It was set up as a collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) to maximise Australia’s bioinformatics capability. This close partnership is made possible in the context of Australia’s associate membership of EMBL.
EMBL-ABR aims to:
1. increase Australia’s capacity to collect, integrate, analyse, exploit, share and archive the large heterogeneous data sets now part of modern life sciences research
2. 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
3. showcase Australian research and datasets at an international level
4. 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 (formerly VLSCI), University of Melbourne. EMBL-ABR is also currently exploring engagement with the European infrastructure for biological information, ELIXIR, and other relevant international efforts.
EMBL-ABR is a truly national resource. It consists of a Hub and 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 which located across Australia as listed in Table 1. EMBL-ABR Hub is hosted by EMBL-ABR: Melbourne Bioinformatics node in Melbourne, Victoria.
|EMBL-ABR Nodes and their geographical spread in Australia|
|Melbourne Bioinformatics node||University of Melbourne||Victoria|
|Monash Node||Monash University||Victoria|
|MA node||Metabolomics Australia||Victoria|
|AGRF Node||Australian Genome Research Facility||Victoria|
|SBI node||Systems Biology Initiative||New South Wales|
|UWA Node||University of Western Australia||Western Australia|
|UTaS node||University of Tasmania||Tasmania|
|JCU Node||James Cook University||Queensland|
|QCIF node||Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation||Queensland|
|ANU Node||Australian National University||Australian Capital Territory|
EMBL-ABR structure is currently composed of an EMBL-ABR Hub Executive Team (Director Andrew Lonie and Deputy Director Vicky Schneider), the EMBL-ABR International Science Advisory Group (ISAG), and the EMBL-ABR Head of Nodes and Community Leads Group (HNCL) currently being set up.
Key documents explaining various aspects about EMBL-ABR can be found here.