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The e-BGO project ended 30 April 2015 and spawned a national e-Science initiative with CeSGO. Consult the portal.

Great West e-Science Center

Led between 2012 and 2015 as part of a unifying project e-BGO is the e-science initiative of the Biogenouest community. Its goal is to promote the development of projects exploiting the new information and communication technologies (high-performance computing, cloud, data management and exploitation ...).

This VRE model, unique in France, has received state funding (CPER) to develop nationwide. The unifying project of Biogenouest launched in 2012 has become CeSGO in 2015.

At the origin of the project, a statement ...

Bioinformatics skills are not developed in life science scientists. More and more, however, they have to process and analyze heavy and pointed data (resulting from sequencing, bio-imaging, etc.). These big data, in addition to being demanding in terms of storage, require specific skills for their analysis. They have become an inherent problem for all scientists.

Following this finding, the e-BGO virtual search environment was created. It offers any scientist, even a novice in bioinformatics, access to simple computing tools for data processing, analysis and management. It also enables collaborations through data sharing and project management tools.

Why this solution offers an innovative approach? Because the e-BGO virtual search environment is based on existing communities and open source tools that are useful for every step, every process, of the research lifecycle.

Tools accessible to all

There are three main tools in the e-BGO virtual research environment: 'Hubzero' for scientific collaboration, 'EMME' for metadata management and 'Galaxy' for data analysis.

EMME: contains the tool 'ISAtools' for the simplified management of experimental data, accessible to any biologist with no experience in bioinformatics. http://emme.genouest.org/

Galaxy: to analyze and share data. This tool is a great success because to date it has 152 users, more 40 000 jobs launched, and more 800 analysis tools. The use of Galaxy has resulted in the creation of the Group of Galaxy Users in the West (GUGGO) grouping 5 inter regional sites and proposing: meetings, training, developments ...

From "e-BGO" to "CeSGO"

The federative projects of Biogenouest are created to develop transdisciplinary projects serving the entire scientific community of life sciences and the environment. We can say that the e-BGO project has succeeded because the e-science initiative of the Biogenouest community is becoming a national project: the CeSGO. Funded by the CPER (project leaders: Olivier Collin and Jacques Nicolas / INRIA), the CeSGO will be the 1er French e-science center! In line with e-BGO, it will always be a live interface light project management and data analysis.

The scale of collaborations will also widen with national (IFB, Inria), European (European e-Science, H2020, etc.) and international collaborations: with the developer team of Galaxy coordinated by Dave Clements, and with the HUBzero developer team coordinated by John Mc Lennan who proposes that the CeSGO represents the European node of HUBzero.

The CeSGO will propose algorithms developments, resources (with training to use), virtual research environments dedicated to specific communities (bio-imagery, 'omic', etc.), new methods of participatory science ( Scitizen for citizen science and MMOS for the use of video games for data processing).

For more information, please contact us on www.cesgo.org

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