Nathan Watson-Haigh, Philippa C Griffin, Simon Gladman, Maria Victoria Schneider, Andrew Lonie, Philipp E Bayer, Marc R Wilkins, David Powell, Rob Cook, Sonika Tyagi, Richard J Edwards, Saravanan Dayalan, Madison Flannery, Malcolm McConville, Ira Cooke, Dominique Gorse, David Edwards, Michael Charleston
EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource (EMBL-ABR) is a developing national research infrastructure, providing bioinformatics resources and support to life science and biomedical researchers in Australia. EMBL-ABR comprises 10 geographically distributed national nodes with one coordinating hub, with current funding provided through Bioplatforms Australia and the University of Melbourne for its initial 2-year development phase. The EMBL-ABR mission is to: (1) increase Australia's capacity in bioinformatics and data sciences; (2) contribute to the development of training in bioinformatics skills; (3) showcase Australian data sets at an international level and (4) enable engagement in international programs. The activities of EMBL-ABR are focussed in six key areas, aligning with comparable international initiatives such as ELIXIR, CyVerse and NIH Commons. These key areas-Tools, Data, Standards, Platforms, Compute and Training-are described in this article.