Big Data Exploitation in Life Science

The 'German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure – de.NBI' is a national, academic and non-profit infrastructure supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research providing bioinformatics services to users in life sciences research and biomedicine in Germany and Europe. The partners organize training events, courses and summer schools on tools, standards and compute services provided by de.NBI to assist researchers to more effectively exploit their data.

In May 2013, the announcement of funding guidelines for a German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) was published by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of this announcement was to establish an infrastructure in Germany that will provide solutions to the ‘Big Data Problem’ in life science by means of bioinformatics services and training. A second announcement of funding guidelines for de.NBI partner projects was published in November 2015. The de.NBI program was launched by the BMBF in March 2015, and the partner projects started their work in November 2016. In addition, the ELIXIR Node in Germany is run by de.NBI since August 2016.

The first coordinator of the project and Head of the German ELIXIR Node is Alfred Pühler.

Since November 2016, the de.NBI network consists of the eight interconnected centers including more than 40 research, service and infrastructure groups with about 150 bioinformaticians. In addition, it is possible to apply for an associated partnership within de.NBI.