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Cooperation between ZB MED and Bioinformatics Network

Published on 26. Oktober 2018, 14:03 h
Joint development of information services planned for life sciences

For some time now ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences and de.NBI - German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure have been planning a strategic and content-related cooperation in various areas of the life sciences. The office of the de.NBI network is located at the Center for Biotechnology at Bielefeld University. ZB MED and Bielefeld University have now signed a cooperation agreement cementing their future collaboration. The objective is to work together to provide complementary information services for the life sciences. To this end, the joint appointment of a W3 professorship is envisaged, among other things.

The de.NBI initiative has been funded in the form of a project grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2015. The nationwide network provides research in life sciences and biomedicine with high-quality bioinformatics services, in particular a cloud infrastructure. Services include various measures – from user training to special IT services – to support life sciences researchers in making more effective use of their sometimes large amounts of data (big data).
“In recent years, biomedical research has undergone a remarkably rapid development – mainly through improved and generally accessible IT infrastructures, but also through access to important research data. We therefore need innovative information infrastructures for the exploitation and utilisation of research findings. With this cooperation agreement, we have created the best conditions for the development of efficient solutions,” says Professor Dr Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, Scientific Director of ZB MED, about the planned cooperation.

“The de.NBI network was set up by the BMBF to establish a bioinformatics infrastructure in Germany. With its integration into the ZB MED Institute, this bioinformatics infrastructure is now to be put on a permanent footing when the BMBF funding expires. From a scientific point of view, ZB MED and de.NBI are ideal cooperation partners,” explains Professor Dr Alfred Pühler, de.NBI coordinator in Bielefeld.

About de.NBI – German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure
The funding measure “German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure” was launched in March 2015 as part of the Federal Government's Health Research/Health Economics Programme and the National Research Strategy BioEconomy. This network consists of eight specialised service centres with expertise in various sub-disciplines of life sciences and biomedicine, which provide and continuously develop specific bioinformatics services based on their respective expert knowledge. They also offer intensive training courses for various user groups from academia and industry. In addition, standards for data storage and analysis, data management and data exchange are to be established. The network is completed by a coordination unit that develops strategies for the long-term and sustainable establishment of the services and data resources offered, and manages the integration of de.NBI into international initiatives.

About ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences plays a major role in the German and European information infrastructure for life sciences and is a driving force behind the creation of an interconnected digital knowledge base. With the extensive resources of its unique library, ZB MED offers research-based opportunities to acquire information and use research data in the field of life sciences. As a service provider for life sciences research, ZB MED is a partner for all those wishing to take an innovative approach to the improved acquisition, processing and use of scientific information and research data. To this end, the Information Centre offers literature, specialist information and value-added services derived from this, primarily in digital form via the semantic-based search portal LIVIVO, the publication portal PUBLISSO, and on site in Cologne and Bonn. In the interests of a high-quality supply of scientific information, the advancement of Open Access is one of ZB MED’s key priorities. In addition, the Information Centre conducts application-oriented research in the field of “Knowledge Discovery”.

Further information is available online at:
denbi.de
zbmed.de/en/

Contact:
Professor Dr Alfred Pühler, Bielefeld University
Head of the Research Group “Genome Research of Industrial Microorganisms”
Telephone: +49 521 106-8750, email: puehler@cebitec.uni-bielefeld.de

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