ELIXIR-NL is active in three ELIXIR platforms: Compute, Interoperability, and Training. ELIXIR’s Compute platform develops services to make it easier to store, share, and analyse large datasets.

Coordination: Irene Nooren (SURFsara) and Patrick Kemmeren (UMCU)

The e-infrastructure capabilities of the Dutch national compute, data and ultra high speed network infrastructure by SURF (SURFsara, SURFnet), the Centre for Information Technology of the University of Groningen (RUG-CIT) , Research Data NL (RDNL) and several others, as well as the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, are clear strengths of the Dutch ELIXIR Node, with extensive experience in running a shared compute and storage environment for collaborative life science projects.

In ELIXIR, the Netherlands aims to offer e-infrastructure experience and service capacity for complex and data/compute-intensive life science projects. This in collaboration with, and complementary to the offerings with e.g.the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and CSC-IT Center for Science. Tangible collaboration with CSC is already running, in close alignment with ESFRI-EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) and BMS (biomedical science) projects such as BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular resources Research Infrastructure). We experience an increased demand from clinical research centres and commercial companies for shared safe and high-end cloud infrastructures (Embassy Clouds and -Vaults), and therefore are developing a mixed model of local and common infrastructures, also including life science industry.

International collaboration
In the framework of this ELIXIR-NL e-infrastructure workstream, DTL-associated groups collaborate closely with (a.o.) ELIXIR nodes at EBI, CSC-FI, London Datacentre and SIB (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics). Also, DTL collaborates with initiatives as EUDAT (European Data Infrastructure), EGI, BBMRI, CTMM-TraIT (Translational Research IT) and RDA (Research Data Alliance).