Stronger through common links
BioMedBridges will form a cluster of the emerging biomedical sciences research infrastructures (BMS RIs) and construct the data and service bridges needed to connect them.
What will BioMedBridges contribute?
Each infrastructure individually has a major need for a ‘local’ data e-infrastructure, allowing their information and knowledge to be accessible for their own research community - this has been an essential part of their individual planning processes. Therefore, most of these infrastructures have their own databases and computational tools, developed and used by their researchers.
However, just as the parts of a body contribute to the whole, so these infrastructures individually only provide part of the answer to understanding biology. Their output and the knowledge they generate must be integrated to see the whole picture. Our understanding of biology in recent years has highlighted the need to consider ‘the system’ as a whole rather than as separate compartments. Systems biology (and the emerging systems medicine) emphasizes that it is vital that all the information generated by these infrastructures (and indeed across national laboratories throughout Europe) is properly curated and archived (where appropriate) and made accessible to all researchers in academia and industry, being always mindful of the appropriate access and security protocols.
BioMedBridges will construct the necessary bridges between the separate infrastructures and the data and services they offer. Building any bridge requires firm foundations at both ends. Therefore, this project will build on existing infrastructures while adding enormous value by integrating the whole.