A team of Portuguese researchers, including Jorge Silva from the University of Aveiro, recently attended the Genomic Data Infrastructure (GDI) workshop held in Sweden from the 8th to the 10th of March. The workshop brought together experts from around Europe to address challenges related to the standardization, interoperability, and scalability of genomic data, which are essential for facilitating research and collaboration among scientists worldwide.
The workshop’s primary goal was to provide a forum for participants to discuss and develop strategies for improving the handling, sharing, and analysis of genomic data. Through presentations, panel discussions, and collaborative working sessions, attendees shared insights, best practices, and innovative solutions to address key issues of the genomic data infrastructure project.
As a participant in the GDI project, Portugal seeks to establish an operational node for storing and sharing genomic information. This effort is closely connected with Biodata.pt, the Portuguese Infrastructure for Biological Data and Information, which is crucial in supporting data-intensive research in life sciences.
The GDI project has several key objectives, including developing standardized protocols and data formats for managing genomic data, ensuring seamless sharing and exchange of genomic data between various databases and research groups, and implementing security mechanisms for sharing genomic data while preserving privacy. By integrating these core goals, the GDI project aims to create a well-structured, accessible, and secure foundation for genomic research that benefits both the scientific community and the public.
Moreover, the project is dedicated to building scalable infrastructure and data storage solutions capable of handling large-scale genomic datasets.