Report on Australian visit by Director, ELIXIR, Dr Niklas Blomberg. Full details.
A/Prof Lonie announces appointment of Dr Vicky Schneider to newly created position of Deputy Director, EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource. Full details.
Visit to Australia by Director, ELIXIR, Dr Niklas Blomberg - 30 November to 3 December. Full details.
Recognition of the value of the Australian-made Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) was boosted further this week with its publication on 26 October in PLOS One. Genomics Virtual Laboratory: A Practical Bioinformatics Workbench for the Cloud outlines how a team of Australian researchers built the GVL to take the ‘IT’ out of bioinformatics.
Adopted both locally and overseas, and rolling out to more centres over 2015/16, the GVL has already been recognised as an aid to address the severe shortage of bioinformatics expertise around the world and manage the complex, multiple-layered data analysis tasks confronting life scientists today.
The GVL workbench is an accessible cloud-based genomics analysis environment with comprehensive tutorial materials and protocols, managed services and user support. There is a common platform for data analysis, tool development, and training, with a powerful interface for managing these services and resources.
Large installations at Monash, Queensland, Melbourne and Western Australian Universities and Australia’s largest cancer research group at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will likely soon be followed by Sydney, Deakin, New South Wales and Tasmania Universities.... Link to full story.
From 2015, through an agreement with EMBL Australia, this Resource has been relocated to the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) which is funded by the Victorian Government and contributing institutions and hosted by the University of Melbourne. This petascale facility delivers expertise and systems for life sciences computing. This re-location is focussing the next phase of the development of the Resource on addressing the increasing demand for training and skills development in bioinformatics while concurrently continuing to develop tools and resources for the Australian research community and our international collaborators. VLSCI and UQ have most recently successfully rolled out the NeCTAR-funded Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) and much of the training to be delivered will be offered on this platform.
This new agreement involves a network of service providers at nodes in Queensland (QCIF), New South Wales, (The University of Sydney Schools of Biological Sciences and Medicine), Western Australia (Centre of Excellence in Plant Biology), Adelaide, (University of Adelaide, Flinders University and SAHMRI) and Tasmania (Menzies Research Institute), making it a truly national resource.
The nodes will provide local training and researcher support, plus bioinformatics tools and platform access, modelled on the successful services delivered at VLSCI over the past five years.