Infrastructure

BILS infrastructure activities include services as biosupport.se and our wiki.

Tools

BILS also work on deploying easy-to-use bioinformatics tools. One of these efforts is our tools portal, currently running as a public beta at https://portal.bils.se/. The tools portal can be viewed as a web-based graphical user-interface to bioinformatics tools. It is designed to be easy to use, easy to add new tools, and secure.

Data publishing

BILS can assist Swedish scientists in making data sets accessible to the research community and to the general public. There is a wiki page with general guidelines here.

Storage

The BILS service for long-term storage of data sets provides the possibility to store valuable data in a high-availability and high-security system based on iRODS. The storage system automatically replicates data sets to two different data centers, and there is fine-grained access-control to share data to specific users.

BILS provide 2TB of space for free, additional storage is available at cost price. The hardware is maintained by SNIC.

BILS also maintains current mirrors for fast access to Uniprot and Ensembl.

Mosler Secure Computing Environment

Mosler is a safe infrastructure that enables research on sensitive personal data, such as human whole genome sequences (that, in a legal sense, are sensitive data as they relate to the health of the individual). Such data needs a higher level of security, and the Mosler system meets those requirements, while at the same time providing a high-performance computing environment.

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Proteomics data storage and processing

BILS provides a data handling pipeline for proteomics laboratories that converts raw mass spectrometry data into standard formats and provides secure storage at the national storage. Data can be further shared between different users and processed through the Proteios Software Environment interface, which also provides protein identification and quantification workflows. Open access to published research data is an important aim of the national infrastructure, and the platform provides users with facilitated publication of raw and processed data at ProteomeXchange through the PRIDE partner repository. See also the technical description.

BILS also drives a project that aims to serve users with high-throughput mass spectrometry shotgun proteomics data processing. The framework for this is currently Galaxy, and it is our intention to deliver the platform to individual groups or core facilities. Technically the platform will be running on a cloud instance owned by the respective user, but it will also be possible to install on one's own hardware. The platform is highly flexible and can access files at the national file storage or local files provided by the users.