A distributed infrastructure for life-science information
ELIXIR Greece: Managing and analyzing biological data
The Greek ELIXIR National Node will address the needs of the Greek research community and other stakeholders of the public and the private sector such as hospitals, diagnostic centres and biotech companies, for open, integrated and state-of-the-art bioinformatics and biocomputing resources. Its main missions will be to (a) secure storage of and access to very large datasets such as primary nucleotide sequence and imaging data in a way that guarantees protection of sensitive personal data and of data ownership; (b) provide computational power for the analysis of very large datasets; (c) integrate available and develop new tools for analysis of biological data, based on the needs of its users; and (d) provide training in bioinformatics. Through its connection to ELIXIR-Europe, the Greek Node will ensure best practices and interoperability with other biological and medical science infrastructures and will help to open further the Greek bioinformatics community to Europe and beyond, by facilitating the integration of resources developed in Greece, such as analysis tools and databases, into ELIXIR-Europe.
ELIXIR-GR will provide large-scale computing resources with computational power which will enable bioscientists, industry and health services in Greece to analyse multiple versions of big scientific databases and big user uploaded datasets, such as molecular sequence and bioimaging and medical imaging data. It will also provide data resources with large storage capacities for data generated by high throughput sequencing projects and by state-of-the-art bioimaging facilities in Greece. In collaboration with other ELIXIR Nodes and the ELIXIR Hub, ELIXIR-GR will offer a catalogue of tools and services provided by the scientific community for biological data management and analysis. It will also provide best practices to set up and maintain tool functionality and interfaces, taking into account real user needs, and will develop and adopt methodologies to address the interoperability and sustainability of tools offered, as well as their benchmarking. It will also provide training for life scientists and other stakeholders in using the bioinformatic and biocomputing services available at ELIXIR and other international RIs, aiming to ensure maximum accessibility to the vast international biological information resources and related in silico analysis tools.