ELIXIR is the European research infrastructure (ESFRI) dealing with all aspects of data in all branches of life sciences. ELIXIR Europe has grouped its activities into five platforms:
- Compute: Computing, storage and network (e-)infrastructure services
- Data: Operation and maintenance/curation of biological (reference) databases
- Tools: Collection and evaluation of software tools used for life sciences
- Interoperability: Standards and tooling for data interoperability and reuse
- Training: Training and Education of researchers and data experts
To ensure that the services developed by the platforms are fit for purpose, ELIXIR collaborates with the scientific community in four specific domains, the so-called Use Cases:
- Rare disease
- Human data
In addition, ELIXIR participates in several EU-funded projects to drive the delivery of various bioinformatics services to the scientific community, e.g., EXCELERATE and CORBEL.
ELIXIR’s Dutch node is active in the Compute, Interoperability, and Training platforms and in the Use Cases Rare disease, Human data, and Plants. The domains Compute, Interoperability, and Training have been selected as topics in which the Dutch bioinformatics community has a clear added value in ELIXIR’s international programme. This has been confirmed by the ELIXIR International Scientific Advisory Board. ELIXIR-NL also channels the needs of Dutch life science projects to each of the five international platforms.
As a pan-European infrastructure for biological information, ELIXIR evolves towards being a natural partner for all data-intensive life science projects, programmes, and research infrastructures. ELIXIR-NL acts in close alignment with other ESFRI infrastructure nodes in the Netherlands, such as BBMRI-NL, EATRIS-NL, NL-BioImaging AM, and others. This cross-ESFRI-collaboration has resulted, among other things, in the Health-RI initiative.