Justin Clark-Casey

life-sciences-fair.pngBy Justin Clark-Casey, Research Software Engineer, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge.

InterMine is an open-source life sciences data integration platform created at the University of Cambridge in the UK. It takes biological data from many sources and combines it into a unified whole, adding visualisations and search facilities that aim to provide insights for scientists and engineers that can accelerate research and the growth of the bioeconomy. Over the next three years, through a grant from the UK Government’s BBSRC funding agency, the InterMine team is going to be making sure that the data it makes available is as findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable—”FAIR”, for short—as possible. Keep reading to find out why we believe that making the world of data a “FAIRer” place is so important.

The Oxford Dictionaries define data as the “facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.”. We’re gathering ever more of it every year, and it’s no wonder that The Economist, for one, calls it “a driver of growth and change”, creating “new infrastructure, new businesses, new monopolies, new politics…

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