The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is the second largest academic hospital in the Netherlands with a staff of 10,000 people in patient care, education and training, and research, with a focus on ‘Healthy Ageing’.
The data methods and infrastructure work is planned at the Genomics Coordination Center (GCC), a bioinformatics core facility and big data stewardship hotel between the UMC/University of Groningen, on a mission to unlock the full potential of next-generation omics, translational, and biobank experiments towards personalized medicine and systems genetics for rare and common disease. The GCC has a team of experienced software developers consisting of 8 experienced and junior software developers with MSc/BSc in bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, mathematics, and computer science; 4 data managers; 6 data analysts; and 4 project managers. In addition, 5 PhD students are currently researching machine learning for genetics health prediction/diagnostics, (biobank)data integration, and FAIR data.
Main tasks in the project
UMCG coordinates the data infrastructure (leading WP1). UMCG will lead development of the federated catalogue building on years of experience leading local, national and international cataloguing efforts and supported by GCC data management team. The UMCG contributes to the open source MOLGENIS software, a versatile platform for harvesting, management, curation and open access of complex scientific data, including various omics layers. The MOLGENIS software development team provides core components of data access infrastructure and the development of computer assisted harmonization. Finally, GCC makes available their multi-omics high-performance computing facility to the consortium.