Competence centre BBMRI

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CC Coordinator: Petr Holub

CC members' list: cc-bbmri AT

CC meetings:


Thousands of biobanks in Europe have been collecting data, samples and images of millions of individuals in different stages of their lives, during disease and after recovery. Biobanking is currently evolving from local repositories to a pan-European RI the BBMRI-ERIC (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium). The BBMRI CC facilitates the implementation of big data storage in combination with data analysis and data federation by integrating technologies from community projects, EGI and other e-Infrastructures. The CC will capture requirements and provide technology demonstrators to:

OSG, as an associated partner will provide interoperability mechanisms for the virtual organisations of the BBMRI competence centre to use OSG resources, and will organise a joint information sharing workshop to discuss interoperability and new technologies that may affect international resource sharing.

  1. BBMRI-ERIC (coordinator) - 4PM
  2. BBMRI-CZ - 3PM
  3. BBMRI-NL - 5PM
  4. BBMRI-SE - 1PM
  5. CESNET, Czech Republic - 5PM
  6. SURFsara, The Netherlands - 5PM
  7. KTH, Sweden - 6PM
  8. University of Indiana representing Open Science Grid (Unfunded)

The CC is open for other members to join.

Concept and approach

This CC will build upon the EGI federated cloud (IaaS), the BiobankCloud Platform as a Service (PaaS), and EUDAT’s services and technologies to support local biobanks by connecting data resources in a federated cloud infrastructure in coordination with the ELIXIR cloud working group and BBMRI-ERIC Common Service IT.

We will first collect and publish requirements in terms of data security, storage and federation, including implementation of use cases to facilitate policy making and training activities. In this CC we will explore how the EGI IaaS cloud, BiobankCloud PaaS and EUDAT platform could work together to (i) support biobanks with a locally deployable cloud infrastructure for data and Virtual Machines (VMs) that can be accessed by remote sites and (ii) connected into trusted workspaces for research communities that embark on trans-national and multi-center studies across biobanks. The CC will be involved in providing requirements and testing services and technologies.


Task 1 - Technology exchange, training, outreach and support

Goal: technology exchange within the Competence Centre, and training, outreach and support on Biobank joint infrastructure to the BBMRI-ERIC community

Related internal deliverables and milestones:

Task 2 - AAI integration

Lead: KTH

Goal: Integration of existing services and technologies from the BiobankCloud and the EGI Federated Cloud infrastructure. Attention will be especially paid to the required 'authentication and authorisation infrastructure' (AAI), including security levels and encryption.

Task 3 - Data identification, storage, provenance


This task will evaluate data identification, storage and provenance services from EGI and third party e-infrastructure/technology providers, such as EUDAT and iRODS. Evaluation will be performed with respect to functionality and usefulness for BBMRI-ERIC goals.

Task 4 - Integration & pilot deployment

Goals: Exploitation of Task 2 and 3. Enabling research consortia to implement integrated data analysis across BBMRI biobanks, central public repositories and their own ‘study’ data. We will deploy tools to support heterogeneous data processing workflows in the EGI Cloud. This includes Virtual Machines (VMs) with tools for data staging (e.g. B2STAGE, B2SHARE from EUDAT), for connectivity to relevant data providers (ranging from de-centralized data with access restrictions such as individual biobank data to data from central repositories such as ENA/EGA) and for platform facilities executing analysis workflows (e.g. BiobankCloud).

Milestones and deliverables

(To report to the European Commission by EGI-Engage)

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