The European Bioinformatics Institute in 2016: Data growth and integration

Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D20-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1352. Epub 2015 Dec 15.


New technologies are revolutionising biological research and its applications by making it easier and cheaper to generate ever-greater volumes and types of data. In response, the services and infrastructure of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, are continually expanding: total disk capacity increases significantly every year to keep pace with demand (75 petabytes as of December 2015), and interoperability between resources remains a strategic priority. Since 2014 we have launched two new resources: the European Variation Archive for genetic variation data and EMPIAR for two-dimensional electron microscopy data, as well as a Resource Description Framework platform. We also launched the Embassy Cloud service, which allows users to run large analyses in a virtual environment next to EMBL-EBI's vast public data resources.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology
  • Databases, Chemical
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid
  • Databases, Protein
  • Genes
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genome
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA
  • Software
  • Systems Integration