Key Areas and Special Interest Groups

Core EMBL-ABR activities are organised in the following Key Areas: DATA, TOOLS, TRAINING, PLATFORMS, COMPUTE and STANDARDS. The EMBL-ABR Hub coordinates activities across the Key Areas with the EMBL-ABR Key Areas Coordinators Group.

Additionally, EMBL-ABR helps form and co-ordinate Special Interest Groups for specific focus areas that may cross several Key Areas. Currently (Q3 2017), we have one Special Interest Group (SIG) focussing on Open Science and its application to Bioinformatics.



• 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: Melbourne Bioinformatics 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.



            OPEN SCIENCE

• Fostering adoption of Open Science principles in Australia through improvements in the awareness of resources, tools and strategies being implemented across Open Science communities around the world.

• Advocating for Open Science, through explaining the benefits and practicalities of Open Science approaches to funders, institutions and researchers, in collaboration with relevant partner organisations where appropriate.