Public Bioinformatics Platform
Genome scale research produces massive amounts of data that need to be processed into something useful. In the past, it required a huge investment in computers and infrastructure, which limited this kind of work to very large organisations. This is no longer true.
With modern computing practices and open standards based cloud computing, the tools and the infrastructure are available to anyone on an affordable pay for what you use basis. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
The European Helix-Nebula science cloud points to the future of scientific computing. The collaboration between GFANZ and Catalyst Cloud shows that we, in Aotearoa, can achieve great outcomes with this technology too.
Through research about the state of bioinformatics tools and education done by the Palmerston North Bioinformatics Meeting group we defined the key set of issues in the field. We are addressing those issues by working with cutting edge open cloud computing technologies. Our aim is to build a best-of-breed bioinformatics platform that can be used by anyone, anywhere thereby democratising this area of research.
There are many obstacles to using the best tool for the job in bioinformatics. This platform helps remove them so that the researcher can focus on using the right tool for their project.
The tools and platform are based on open standards, There is no vendor lock in.
All aspects are portable and sharable.
Our gitlab repository incorporates automation to test the scripts, and build and publish docker containers. All aspects of the project are under version control.
Anyone is welcome to participate.
Too often writers of bioinformatics software do not get credit for their work. This can hurt their careers. Our platform works to improve that situation by providing citation information for all the tools in a workflow.