European Model for Bioinformatics Research and Community Education (EMBRACE)

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Funding source

EU Sixth Framework Programme - Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

Project Details

Start date: 01/02/2005
End date: 31/07/2010
Funding: 8280000 EUR


The objective of this network is to draw together a wide group of experts throughout Europe who are involved in the use of information technology in the bio molecular sciences. The EMBRACE network will optimise informatics and information exploitation by pure and applied biological scientists in both the academic and commercial sectors. The network will work to integrate the major databases and software tools in bio informatics, using existing methods and emerging Grid service technologies. The integration efforts will be driven by an expanding set of test problems representing key issues for bio informatics service providers and end-user biologists. As a result, groups throughout Europe will be able to use the EMBRACE service interfaces for their own local or proprietary data and tools. The many publicly available collections of bio molecular information do a reasonable job for a given domain. Software tools to organise and analyse this information are available both in the public domain and commercially. Cross-references in these databases in principle allow inter-database navigation; however, the links are sparse and coarse-grained, and their exploitation requires biological knowledge and expert programming. The effect of this is to burden every serious bio informatics centre with the task of maintaining local data and software, and supporting users in the nontrivial task of exploring the natural biological connections between data. This requires substantial human effort. Today?s trend towards systems biology demands very much better connections between different domains of knowledge, and the weaknesses in information integration are becoming an intolerable hindrance. This network will address these weaknesses by enabling data providers and tool builders to standardise their data access and software tools using the new grid computing technologies ideally adapted to the task.'

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