Research e-Infrastructure

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Led by: Dr Rob Davey, Head of e-Infrastructure

Enquiries: If you are interested in working with Earlham Institute's e-Infrastructure team on a project or research, please contact us.

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At the Earlham Institute we are experts in data-intensive bioscience research.

We carry out our own research programmes, from crops, to biodiversity, to AI. We have significant compute infrastructure to support our research, and also support the UK life science community by providing access to services, tools and compute resources for both technical and non-technical users.

Our e-Infrastructure team specialises in developing bioinformatics services and information systems for data and software distribution, data sharing, and cloud computing.

We focus on building virtual computing and software infrastructure to best manage, represent and integrate data for sharing.

We provide:

  • Data services and data infrastructure critical for large scale cross-institute projects, such as Designing Future Wheat and the Darwin Tree of Life
  • Key compute resources, including virtual machines, via Cyverse UK
  • Access to High Performance Computing (HPC) systems
  • A Galaxy instance, an open, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational research
  • Streamlined bioinformatics workflows and pipelines through virtualised software catalogues and CyVerse apps
  • Collaboration and networking effort to major international projects such as ELIXIR
  • HPC expertise and training to support the local economy and bridge the digital skills gap
  • Alleviation of bottlenecks and pain points by providing specific services, such as the COPO data brokering platform to help researchers get their data into public repositories
  • Performance and scalability through an industry standard virtualisation platform

We provide these services via our National Capability in e-Infrastructure, strategically funded by UKRI-BBSRC, which enables us to support data-intensive bioscience in the UK.

How to access our e-Infrastructure platforms.

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Collaborations: we can support projects at scale, including large cross-Institute research programmes such as Designing Future Wheat.

Research group support: we can host and maintain your software tools as an online service, and support your cloud hosting needs (cloud computing and system administration). We can give expert support while not increasing the time and cost overhead of your project.

Training: we provide training courses and workshops, and support training at Earlham Institute by provisioning VMs for this purpose. We host a Carpentries Trainer and five Instructors at the institute, running at least two carpentry workshops a year. Contact us if you would like to host a Software or Data Carpentry workshop at EI.

Open Science data: we are strong and active advocates of open, FAIR data which we believe is vital to build a sustainable future for data science. Our vision is to teach people how to generate and describe data well, and provide infrastructure, training and support so people can use and integrate data in their research.

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Case Study: Achieving sustainable wheat through data infrastructure

Secure data storage, sharing and collaborative access pose a great challenge when dealing with large and complex research datasets and analysis. This is especially true for Designing Future Wheat (DFW), the first flagship cross-institute programme of its kind funded by BBSRC, bringing together biologists, breeders, and informaticians spanning eight research institutes and universities.

Within DFW, the Earlham Institute’s main responsibilities are in genomics data generation and analysis, and the provision of computational infrastructure and tools. This includes the Grassroots data management platform, developed at the Institute as an interoperable data sharing platform and repository to standardise access to wheat data.

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Working with colleagues at the EI as part of the DFW data management work package is proving extremely useful; their database expertise, and willingness to take on ideas and suggestions is resulting in a unique and widely applicable data management solution.

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