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ELIXIR: The Czech Republic Node

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The Czech ELIXIR Node acts as a national hub for bioinformatics, comprising an advanced computational environment, dedicated data collections and unique tools provided for the life science community. The Node is created and operated as a distributed infrastructure, comprising currently twelve life science research centres and two IT infrastructure organisations. Partners have already been providing nine databases and 15 tools over the last two years, all of them open access for Czech scientists and the international research community.

There are three strong areas in which the Node is providing a connection between the national and pan-European research structures.

  1. The most advanced and developed area belongs to Structural Bioinformatics field focusing mainly on services and development of specific tools. The structural Bioinformatics field is very tightly connected with Czech IT research infrastructure partners – namely CESNET and CERIT SC providing not only computational and storage capacity but also know-how in the networking and use of heterogeneous resources.
  2. The second largest area is represented by curated databases in two major areas – specific collections of genomic data on microorganisms and plants and cheminformatics databases which also serve as an interconnecting element between other biomedical infrastructure projects, like EU-OPENSCREEN and EATRIS.
  3. Last but not least, the IT dedicated solutions for ELIXIR infrastructure are developed by the Node IT partners and their involvement in other ELIXIR CZ projects represents common platform for unification and efficiency of the whole process. The Node also serves as a coordination platform of national bioinformatics activities and is responsible for data uniformity, ELIXIR-standards application and for world-scale accessibility in the whole research space within the Czech Republic.

The Czech ELIXIR Node has two major goals:

Interconnecting Data and Tools

Tools to Data strategy and its application on the heterogeneous national environment is the major goal of the Node. A dedicated computing and storage environment managed by major national cloud/grid academic providers and reflecting the actual needs of the Czech Republic ELIXIR Node is an integral part of the Node.

The Czech National Node, together with ELIXIR Finland, is building and authentication and authorization infrastructure based on the Perun system ( to provide an unified authentication and authorization for all ELIXIR services. This authentication and authorisation architecture will give ELIXIR users easy and secure access to different services offered across the ELIXIR infrastructure.

Collaboration hub for BMS Infrastructures

An important feature of the proposed ELIXIR Node is a tight connection and collaboration with ESFRI-infrastructure projects in the Czech Republic – namely INSTRUCT, EATRIS, BBMRI, EuroBioimaging and EU-OPENSCREEN. This is in accordance with the initial vision of the ELIXIR infrastructure as the bridge across many disciplines.

Node partners:

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry - Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

The Institute is the Node representative and coordinator of the whole ELIXIR infrastructure in the Czech Republic and guarantees its organizational background

  • Masaryk University – CEITEC and CERIT–SC, Brno
  • Institute of Experimental Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences , Olomouc
  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
  • Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • Institute of Microbiology - Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • University of South Bohemia, České Budejovice
  • Palacky University, Olomouc
  • FNUSA – ICRC, Brno
  • Global Change Research Centre, Brno
  • Charles University, Prague
  • Institute of Biotechnology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • Biological Center, Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budeějovice