Modern Biobanks require increasingly powerful computational and informatics capabilities. Challenges relate to local sample handling and data management issues, on top of which there are informatics aspects to study organisation, data analysis, and result integration. Furthermore, there is a need to make biobank activities and generated data appropriately available to the community. All of this needs to be done in ways which are internationally coordinated and harmonised, by means of various ID systems, data standards and ontologies.
Despite these many bioinformatics challenges in the world of biobanking, relatively little funding or coordinated activity has previously been available to solve these problems. Fortunately, there is a growing awareness of this deficit - such that funding possibilities are starting to appear. To ensure the community progresses optimally in prioritising what needs to be built, when, and how, members of the GEN2PHEN, P3G, and BBMRI projects have agreed to discuss the needs of this field in more depth.
This invite-only forum is intended to enable those discussions, and we welcome input from you as a key player in this critical field.