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European Bioinformatics Institute


European Bioinformatics Institute

European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
Abbreviation EMBL-EBI
Formation 1992[1]
Key people Janet Thornton
Ewan Birney
Rolf Apweiler
Parent organization European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Staff ~500[2]

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is a centre for research and services in bioinformatics, and is part of European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).
EMBL-EBI is listed in the

  1. ^ Background
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  7. ^ Wright, V. A.; Vaughan, B. W.; Laurent, T.; Lopez, R.; Brooksbank, C.; Schneider, M. V. (2010). "Bioinformatics training: Selecting an appropriate learning content management system--an example from the European Bioinformatics Institute". Briefings in Bioinformatics 11 (6): 552–562.  


See also

The EMBL-EBI hosts a number of publicly open, free to use life science resources, including biomedical databases, analysis tools and bio-ontologies. These include:

Resources at the EMBL-EBI

As part of EMBL, the largest part of EMBL-EBI's funding comes from the governments of EMBL's 21 member states. Other major funders include the European Commission, Wellcome Trust, US National Institutes of Health, UK Research Councils, EMBL-EBI's industry partners and the UK Department of Trade and Industry. In addition, the Wellcome Trust provides the facilities for the EMBL-EBI on its Genome Campus at Hinxton, and the UK Research Councils have provided funds for EMBL-EBI's facilities in Hinxton.



When the EMBL-EBI moved to Hinxton it hosted two databases, one for nucleotide sequences (the EMBL Data Library, now known as EMBL-Bank) and one for protein sequences (Swiss-Prot–TrEMBL, now known as UniProt). Since then, the EMBL-EBI has diversified to provide data resources in all the major molecular domains and expanded to include a broad research base. It provides user support and offers advanced training in bioinformatics.[7]

There was also a need for research and development to provide services, to collaborate with global partners to support the project, and to provide assistance to industry. To this end, in 1992, the EMBL Council voted to establish the European Bioinformatics Institute and to locate it at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in the United Kingdom where it would be in close proximity to the major sequencing efforts at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. From 1992 through to 1995, a gradual transition of the activities in Heidelberg took place, until in September 1995 the EMBL-EBI occupied its current location on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus.

The roots of the EMBL-EBI lie in the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Data Library[4][5] (now known as EMBL-Bank), which was established in 1980 at the EMBL laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany and was the world's first nucleotide sequence database.[6] The original goal was to establish a central computer database of DNA sequences, to supplement sequences submitted to journals. What began as a modest task of abstracting information from literature soon became a major database activity with direct electronic submissions of data and the need for highly skilled informatics staff. The task grew in scale with the start of the genome projects, and grew in visibility as the data became relevant to research in the commercial sector. It soon became apparent that the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Data Library needed better financial security to ensure its long-term viability and to cope with the sheer scale of the task.



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  • Funding 2
  • Resources at the EMBL-EBI 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


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