Story Protecting Europe's biological data resources

Protecting Europe's biological data resources

Information and data on biological resources are important assets to society. A pan-European consortium has received €4.5 million from European Commision funding to work on deciding upon the best way to unite Europe's biological data resources into a sustainable, integrative bioinformatics network for the life sciences.
Release date 08/07/2008
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Geographical coverage Europe
Keywords bioinformatics, biological data
Concerned URL
Source CORDIS News

Biologists are producing major benefits for society. But information on these benefits needs to be collated and made available to fellow scientists if these advances are to be fully exploited. The European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) project is led by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and involves 32 partners from 13 countries. 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.