Melbourne Bioinformatics (formerly VLSCI) is a centre for computational life science expertise, hosted at the University of Melbourne, with significant computing resources and supporting a wide range of projects and services of local and national significance. The Melbourne Bioinformatics Node has a proven record in platform development, bioinformatics training, compute and data resources, and tools development and will fortify the EMBL-ABR network with its breadth of experience and expertise.
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|The Melbourne Bioinformatics Node will manage significant high throughput clusters and broker access to national cloud and data storage/archiving resources.|
|The Melbourne Bioinformatics Node will support researchers in exposing their high value datasets through technical expertise and provision of appropriate compute/data resources. This will include GUI portals for specific biological communities supported by EMBL-ABR. This activity will generate a series of best practice guidelines that will inform the whole EMBL-ABR network.|
|The Genomics Virtual Lab, a cloud-based suite of genomics tools and workflow/analysis engines, will be provided through the national research cloud, on a per-user basis and also institutionally as managed services.|
|The Melbourne Bioinformatics Node will deliver training across a broad spectrum of bioinformatics-focused topics to researchers, postdocs, clinicians and students. Topics include Data Carpentry, Software Carpentry, Using HPC for Life Sciences, Galaxy, and a range of specific topics in human and microbial genomics. Training will be delivered through face-to-face workshops using comprehensive training resources, which will be available online. Training will be conducted on Melbourne Bioinformatics compute resources and especially on the Genomics Virtual Laboratory platform.|
|The Melbourne Bioinformatics Node will support Australian-developed bioinformatics tools through local expertise and compute resources. National funding to support tool developers would be required and Melbourne Bioinformatics would be well placed to deliver this given appropriate funding.|
A/Prof Andrew Lonie