Key Areas


EMBL-ABR bioinformatics activities are organised in six Key Areas: data, tools, platforms, compute and training.

EMBL-ABR Hub coordinates the activities and actions across these together with the EMBL-ABR Key Areas Coordinators Group. Here we summarise the aims and activities for each of the Key Areas:


• showcasing Australian research and datasets at an international level

• supporting best-practice experimental design and analysis in bioinformatics, to encourage the cost effective collection of high-quality, informative and reusable data

• cataloguing and delivering the data Australia needs


• assessing needs for bioinformatics software hosting, maintenance and support among Australian researchers and bioinformaticians

• implementing Australian Bioinformatics Tools Registry, ToolsAU

• contributing to the development and dissemination of bioinformatics tools


• providing Hub workshops on crucial topics not covered elsewhere in national bioinformatics training

• bringing expertise to Australia through visits by international experts and improved access to training resources

• coordination and dissemination of node end-user training activities


• enabling access to bioinformatics platforms that link multiple tools, facilitate data sharing and analysis, and trace and record analysis pipelines

• leveraging the existing expertise and knowledge in platform development:

  • such as through the Genomics Virtual Lab (GVL) supported by the Nectar cloud (EMBL-ABR: VLSCI NODE)
  • Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL) which is an national collaboration that has developed remote desktop environments for researchers processing, analyzing and visualisation imaging data (EMBL-ABR: Monash NODE)


• assisting in the design, architecture and delivery of infrastructure

• supporting network activities and ensuring interoperability across the Australia and with international efforts

• identifying pathways to respond to future computation, analysis and storage infrastructure requirements


• Fostering adoption of standardised file formats, metadata, vocabularies and identifiers by the Australia Bioscience community.

• Bringing Australia needs in standards development, awareness and implementation to the international existing and emerging efforts in this area.

• Ensuring Australia’s input in the development and, where appropriate, coordination of activities in this area.