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Science Data Center "BioDATEN" at GCC 2019 conference in Freiburg

The just started Science Data Center "BioDATEN" was present at this year's Galaxy conference in Freiburg, the GCC 2019. The Science Data Center BioDATEN - Bioinformatics DATa ENvironment is a community effort in standardization, services and sustainable research data management. It plans to combine the tools and services provided in frameworks like Galaxy with efforts towards standardization and research data management.
Science Data Center "BioDATEN" at GCC 2019 conference in Freiburg

Poster announcing the kickoff and the scope of the project

The digitalization changes the working habits in almost all scientific disciplines with vast impact on teaching, research and interdisciplinary collaboration. The challenges faced in bioinformatics arising from vastly growing amounts of data are exemplary for a discipline establishing new ways of scientific work and insight. Galaxy as a platform already provides a wide range of tools used by a significant proportion of the community presented in BioDATEN. Through the formed consortium, comprising of bioinformaticians, core facilities, compute centers and libraries, a science data center for life sciences for Baden-Württemberg just got established. The four-year project will report about the anticipated goals and the work plan intended to achieve them in the relevant communities.

BioDATEN will heavily depend on the technical infrastructure available through Galaxy and the project partners such as bwSFS, BinAC and bwCloud or the repositories provided by the university libraries in Konstanz and Tübingen. State-wide activities will be orchestrated through the work group on research data management. The SDC creates a multi institutional network among the strongest bioinformatics research sites. The consortium brings together the compute centers of the universities of Freiburg and Tübingen; the DKFZ, the EMBL and the university (BioQuant) in Heidelberg; the university libraries of Konstanz and Tübingen; the Quantitative Biology Center Tübingen; Bioinformatics and Plant Biotechnology Freiburg; CLARIN-D Center Tübingen; Livestock Microbial Ecology Hohenheim; Disease Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Konstanz; Clinic of Neurology Ulm.

The project within the third line of the eScience initiative of the state - the BioDATEN SCD is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg - got acquired and is handled by the eScience group of the computer center. It is part of the RDMG activities. The conference poster at GCC 2019 is one of it's first activities.