What we do

Genomics.data.edu.au underpins research capability for the Australian Life Sciences research sector.

We facilitate Life Science research by providing state-of-the-art computational infrastructure, in close collaboration with our research partners, which is necessary to address current scientific challenges across human genomics, imaging, personalised medicine, population health, bioinformatics and health informatics.

We:

  • Provide a cost effective and sustainable data storage facility, nationally supported by institutional, state and federal government investment;
  • House and support data that underpins genomics research of identified national and international significance;
  • Increase availability of genomic research data for reuse and analysis;
  • Provide a foundation architecture upon which projects can port or build services that facilitate controlled access to, use and sharing of genomics research data.
  • Provide access, storage, high performance compute and analysis, back-ups;
  • Enable mirroring of, access to and linkage to other international datasets of similar interest to facilitate comparative studies;
  • Facilitate interface and sharing capabilities between researchers;
  • Ensure that the data is catalogued and supported with robust metadata regimes.

For Life Science researchers in Australia, we offer:

  • Secure storage for research data
  • Data storage that is connected directly to the very-high speed Australian research and education network
  • Data storage that is closely tied to other services like High Performance Computers or Cloud Computing services
  • A place where you can share data and control who you share it with
  • Access to schemes funded by the Federal government where the storage hardware costs are subsidised

For  Research Institutions, our facility:

  • Enables extensive collaboration around research data beyond institutional boundaries, both nationally and internationally
  • Lowers the cost of institutional data storage, including the build, scaling out and operations of storage
  • Enables compliance and policy requirements to be met around research data
  • Generates value from sharing research data, by increasing citations, and enabling national and international partnerships around data

Fosters participation in the development of a national research data infrastructure that can be used and expanded by all research institutions to meet their data management and computational needs.

Why we exist

Both technology and research policy drivers underpin the need for a national fit-for-purpose genomics research data storage facility. The NCRIS Research Data Services (RDS) and Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) projects have recognised the need for task specific, shared infrastructure capacity to store, access, and use genomics research data.

This is due to:

  • Specific considerations, primarily arising from stringent privacy requirements;
  • Fast growth of the volume of genomics data – driven in particular by data from high resolution and multi-modal imaging, Next Generation Sequencing programs and complementary systems biology “-omics” approaches;
  • Requirement for data management processes that adhere to NHMRC and ARC policies and data management guidelines;
  • Increasing demand for enabling capacity that supports research collaboration both nationally and internationally, through provision of efficient, controlled and secure data access and management regimes;
  • Requirement for coordinated and cost effective deployment of specialist best practice data management capacity.

Policy drivers at National, State and Territory Government level, which require that the results of public research expenditure are increasingly available for use and translation within the public and private health system.

Operating Principles

Operating principles and function will continue to be developed on advice from the Advisory Board. Primary principles are that:

  • Data custodians wishing to store their data with genomics.data.edu.au will enter into a service agreement with the node (location) of their choice. In almost all cases it is expected that custodians will choose their local, state, operating node.
  • Data, access and use thereof remains under control of the data custodian at all times.
  • Data should be accessible under controlled and appropriate regimes, determined by ethics provisions, and relevant State, Territory and Commonwealth legislation. Data access and sharing protocols will be developed to support this.
  • Data collections should be catalogued (with appropriate metadata), and discoverable to support further research and analysis..

Our business model will provide cost effective access to high quality shared National Research Infrastructure and expert technical support at significantly reduced costs, supported by National and State Government investments and contributions from the operating node member universities.

Partners

We are working collaboratively with groups at a range of research organisations to analyse requirements and build a national research data infrastructure that can be used and expanded by all Australian research institutions.

We welcome enquiries from other organisations to help them underpin their data-intensive genomics research capability.

We also work with the following National eResearch organisations to ensure that best practice is followed and data management and collaboration tools and computational infrastructure provided by each is integrated with genomics.data.edu.au:

NeCTAR – National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources
ANDS – Australian National Data Service
AARNet – Australia’s Academic and Research Network
AAF – Australian Access Federation