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What is CyVerse UK?

CyVerse UK is a major collaboration between scientists at the University of Arizona, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the Earlham Institute (EI), the University of Warwick, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Nottingham to setup a UK based node for CyVerse.

How are CyVerse UK and CyVerse related?

CyVerse UK represents the first node of CyVerse outside the United States. We run separate hardware at the EI, but are working towards conforming to the way the infrastructure in the US is run, allowing us to integrate more of the CyVerse UK infrastructure as time goes on. This means that resources such as the Data Store will remain separate, but will be connected to allow users seamless access to transfer and use data within the Discovery Environment and through the Agave API.

I work in the UK. Can I use CyVerse UK?

Yes! Users are able to use their CyVerse login to access UK services. At the moment (March 2017), CyVerse UK is not connected to the Discovery Environment in a way that makes it easy to run UK tools on UK hardware. We are working on this and will hopefully have more news soon about how to run UK apps within the DE as you normally would. However, if you are a programmer, you can use Docker and the Agave API to get your tools running. Please head to this documentation to get started. You can email us at help@cyverseuk.org to get help from a UK team member, or head to the CyVerse help pages.

What is our vision?

The UK CyVerse node can potentially support a large proportion of the UK biological sciences community’s data requirements, from genomics to phenomics. It will enable UK researchers to access extensive data storage/back-up, local and global compute power, and structured, integrated analysis applications and workflows. It will also allow BBSRC-funded tools to become available globally and will help build a common international biological science platform that prevents duplication of effort and funding. In doing so, rational and supported reuse of data, applications and resources is encouraged. CyVerse UK will also democratise UK science so that research groups lacking capacity to build close working relationships with experts from other disciplines can work on large datasets using publicly available workflows in a single online location with consistent rules, formatting and required skills level. In establishing the first CyVerse mirror outside the US, CyVerse UK will help spread the reliability and cost associated with CyVerse in the long term. It will also help share knowledge and best practice between the US and UK, and will acts a flagship projects for other national CyVerse nodes in the future.

Where is CyVerse UK based?

The computational hardware infrastructure for CyVerse UK is set up at the Earlham Institute (EI) in Norwich. EI provides a National Capability for computational infrastructure, and as such is perfectly situated to provide the foundations for the CyVerse UK node. Software tools developed for specific plant science sequencing, systems biology and image analysis projects at the Universities of Warwick, Liverpool and Nottingham, as well as tools developed at EI itself, will be adapted by a dedicated team of programmers so that they can be integrated into CyVerse UK. These will then be made freely and openly available for the wider plant science community to use..

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