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FP7 BiobankCloud - your PaaS for biobanking

BiobankCloud

Project reference: 317871
Funded under

Scalable, Secure Storage of Biobank Data

From 2012-12-01 to 2015-11-30, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 750 188

EU contribution:

EUR 2 080 000

Coordinated in:

Sweden

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-8See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

BiobankCloud - your PaaS for Biobanking

The storage infrastructure for human biological material is generally known as a biobank. One of the main tenets of biobanking is the digitization of our genomic information for its archival and analysis. That is, in the future, vast amounts of genomic data will be derived from biomaterials stored in biobanks. The scale of the storage requirements for genomic data is huge - a single human genome amounts to coping with the analysis of three billion base pairs. In addition to the storage of genomic data, its analysis will require both massive parallel computing infrastructure and data-intensive computing tools and services to perform analyses in reasonable time. As of 2013, a huge wave of big data is approaching, driven by the decreasing cost of sequencing genomic data, which has been halving every 4 months since 2004. Biobanks store and catalogue human biological material, but they are not prepared to handle this wave of data - there is a biobank bottleneck.

Objective

Big data is coming to Biobanks, driven by the decreasing cost of sequencing genomic data, which has been halving every 4 months since 2004. Biobanks, used to store and catalogue human biological material, are not prepared to handle this wave of data - there is a Biobank bottleneck: a lack of platform support for the storage and analysis of the coming wave of human genomic data. In this project, we will develop a cloud-computing platform as a service (PaaS) for Biobanking. The platform will provide security, storage, data-intensive tools and algorithms, and support for allowing Biobanks to share data with one another, all within the existing regulatory frameworks for Biobanking. Our research challenges include: the definition of the regulatory framework and data model for Biobank data sharing; the development of a scalable, highly available storage infrastructure; data-intensive tools and workflows for aligning, clustering, aggregating, compressing and anonymizing sequence data; a security platform that ensures data confidentiality, data integrity, and data access auditing; the inter-connection of Biobanks, while also leveraging the storage and processing capacity of public clouds; and the integration of these components as a PaaS.The project will require focused inter-disciplinary research. We have assembled a consortium containing complementary competencies, from developers and users of Biobanks to systems researchers with deep expertise in building dependable and scalable software platforms. Our platform will be evaluated and disseminated at existing Biobanks in Sweden and Germany. Our project goal is to have BiobankCloud remove the Biobank bottleneck, enabling global leadership for European Biobanks, with improved support for preventing diseases, spotting trends, and advancing our understanding of clinical and molecular pathology.

Related information

Coordinator contact

Jim DOWLING, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +46 8 7904217
Fax: +46 8 7511793
E-mail
Jim DOWLING, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +46 8 7904217
Fax: +46 8 7511793
E-mail

Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 540 008


ISAFJORDSGATAN 39
16440 Kista
Sweden
Administrative contact: Rita Fjällendahl
Tel.: +46 8 7904305
Fax: +46 8 7511793
E-mail

Participants

CHARITE - UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN BERLIN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 375 851


Chariteplatz 1
10117 BERLIN
Germany
Administrative contact: Eveline Fräßdorf
Tel.: +49 30 450576024
Fax: +49 30 450576954
E-mail
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 405 561


UNTER DEN LINDEN
10099 BERLIN
Germany
Administrative contact: Renate Ubachs
Tel.: +49 2093 70751
Fax: +49 30 2093 1660
E-mail
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA LISBOA UNIVERSISADE DE LISBOA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 249 507


CAMPO GRANDE EDIFICIO C1 PISO
1749016 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Lívia Moreira
Tel.: +351 217 500 448
Fax: +351 217 500 166
E-mail
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 387 438


Nobels Vag
17177 STOCKHOLM
Sweden
Administrative contact: Agneta Häggström
Tel.: +46 8 52486199
Fax: +46 8 314975
E-mail
FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 121 635


CAMPO GRANDE C5 PISO
1749016 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Silvia Gomes
Tel.: +351 217 500 241
Fax: +351 217 500 115
E-mail
Record Number: 106495 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01