DTL’s mission is to establish an interconnected research infrastructure that enables cross-disciplinary life science research in national and international collaboration in a cost-effective manner.
- make the available expertise and infrastructure findable and accessible;
- align practices and improve quality with common guidelines and standards;
- develop infrastructure that is currently missing or sub-optimal;
- connect local infrastructure to international initiatives.
Research infrastructure, meaning facilities, resources and services that scientists need to conduct their research, such as
- technological facilities (i.e., high-end scientific instruments and the associated expertise, ICT, quality assurance procedures, guidelines, standards);
- data infrastructure (i.e., facilities, tools, resources, expertise to process, analyse, preserve and share data, including databases and computing resources);
- training and education of technical and data experts;
- collections of biological materials (biobanks);
- model systems;
- facilities and services for scholarly communication (e.g., libraries, scientific journals).
So far, DTL has focused on the first three components.
Cross-disciplinary, meaning research in which methodology and data of multiple disciplines are combined in one project (e.g., genomics and health record data).