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Securing the future of Europe's biological data resources
Date:5/28/2008

In a contract signed today, the European Commission has awarded 4.5 million to a pan-European consortium to decide upon the best way to unite Europes biological data resources into a sustainable, integrative bioinformatics network for the life sciences. The European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) project is led by the European Molecular Biology Laboratorys European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and involves 32 partners from 13 countries. The consortium ultimately aims to establish a sustainably funded infrastructure for biological information in Europe, to support innovation in life science research, knowledge generation and its translation to medicine, the environment, the bio-industries and society.

Since the 1980s, the storage mechanism for biological information has gone from being an individuals notebook and published academic papers to open source databases of integrated information exchanged worldwide on a daily basis. This information and the databases that make it available to scientists around the world are an indispensable resource for modern biology. Yet commonly these resources are dependent on insecure or short term funding, meaning that the valuable data they contain and provide access to, are jeopardised when funding ends.

ELIXIR aims to protect the existing and future data held in biological data resources. The project will work to provide a European infrastructure for optimal information storage, access and integration supported by a secure funding mechanism. "Under the Framework Programme for Research, the European Commission provides support to the preparatory phase for the construction of new research infrastructures, commented Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director of Directorate B (European Research Area: Research Programmes and Capacity) at DG Research of the European Commission. This will help catalyse the efforts and resources needed to build and ensure the sustainability of large-scale, word-class infrastructures needed by Europe's research communities." In this way, the longevity of Europes central molecular data resources will be guaranteed.

The development of such a network is a strategic step in maintaining the global position of Europe as a leader in scientific research. The biological sciences are delivering benefits that contribute to advances in our society, says EMBL-EBI director and ELIXIR coordinator Janet Thornton. Developing a securely funded, integrative infrastructure will give Europe one voice in the global community, meaning that we can make connections and realise those benefits more quickly by working together, she concludes.


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Contact: Louisa Wright
louisa@ebi.ac.uk
44-122-349-4665
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

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