Assoc Prof Andrew Lonie



Bioplatforms AustraliaLEAD INSTITUTE
EMBL Australia Bioinformatics ResourceLEAD INSTITUTE
Melbourne BioinformaticsLEAD INSTITUTE
University of MelbourneLEAD INSTITUTE
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical ResearchCOLLABORATOR
University of QueenslandCOLLABORATOR
University of Western AustraliaCOLLABORATOR
Monash UniversityCOLLABORATOR
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research InstituteCOLLABORATOR
Peter MacCallum Cancer CentreCOLLABORATOR
Australian National UniversityCOLLABORATOR
La Trobe UniversityCOLLABORATOR
University of New South WalesCOLLABORATOR
National Institutes of HealthOTHER
Australian Centre for Plant Functional GenomicsCOLLABORATOR
Australian Museum Research InstituteCOLLABORATOR
James Cook UniversityCOLLABORATOR
Garvan Institute of Medical ResearchCOLLABORATOR
Murdoch Children's Research InstituteCOLLABORATOR
Griffith UniversityCOLLABORATOR
Peter MacCallum Cancer CentreCOLLABORATOR
Royal Botanic GardensCOLLABORATOR
South Australian Health & Medical Research InsituteCOLLABORATOR
Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)COLLABORATOR


Bioplatforms Australia


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Over the past three years several NCRIS-funded projects have brought together research infrastructure and life science experts to determine the most effective way infrastructure funding can be focussed to deliver the best outcomes for Australian life science research. NCRIS Agility Funding in 2016 focussed on Cloud resources. In 2017, Andrew Lonie and Rhys Francis were contracted by Bioplatforms Australia to focus more broadly on an Australian Biosciences Data Capability. Emerging from this in 2018 is the Australian Bioinformatics Commons and it is bringing together leaders across the community to define how and where new infrastructure resources would serve Australian research needs best.

Biosciences research in Australia involves a diverse set of activities from local to national, across a range of life sciences areas (eg. genomics, clinical, translational, population studies, etc.) and consequently has a diverse set of complex digital infrastructure needs. Identifying how informatics capabilities and infrastructure can strategically support national priorities in this research community is central to the value of this platform. By providing a connected environment, linking existing bioinformatics skills, infrastructure, software and data, the Commons will support a number of prioritised research activities.

Further details about the project are on the Bioplatforms Australia website.

Working towards an Australian Bioinformatics Commons

This week project convenor and Director, Melbourne Bioinformatics and EMBL-ABR, updated the EMBL-ABR International Scientific Advisory Group, as consultants to this project, on progress to date. A summary follows: 1. Phase 3a of the Australian Biosciences Data Capability project (now the Australian Bioinformatics Commons) was an extremely useful use-case activity to determine the technical and […]