The Czech ELIXIR Node is represented by the IOCB AS CR as a national hub for bioinformatics. The Node comprises 14 organisations. Partner institutions are providing tools and databases in an open access regime to Czech scientists and the international research community.
There are three strong areas in which the Node is providing a connection between the national and pan-European research structures.
- Structural Bioinformatics field: very tightly connected with Czech IT research infrastructure partners (namely CESNET and CERIT SC) providing not only computational and storage capacity, but also know-how in the networking and use of heterogeneous resources.
- Curated databases in two major areas: (1) specific collections of genomic data on microorganisms and plants, and (2) cheminformatics databases which also serve as an interconnecting element between other biomedical infrastructure projects, like EU-OPENSCREEN and EATRIS.
- IT-dedicated solutions for ELIXIR infrastructure: Node IT partners and their involvement in other ELIXIR CZ projects creates a common platform. The Node also serves as a coordination platform of national bioinformatics activities and is responsible for data uniformity, ELIXIR-standards application and for world-scale accessibility in the whole research space within the Czech Republic.
The Czech National Node, together with ELIXIR Finland, is building an authentication and authorization infrastructure based on the Perun system to provide a unified authentication and authorization for all ELIXIR services. This authentication and authorization architecture will give ELIXIR users easy and secure access to different services offered across the ELIXIR infrastructure.
Head of Node
(Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR, Prague)
(Institute of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (VSCHT))