ELIXIR is an intergovernmental organisation that brings together life science resources from across Europe, supporting life science research and its translation to medicine, environment, the bio-industries and society. These resources include databases, software tools, training materials, cloud storage and supercomputers.
The goal of ELIXIR is to coordinate these resources so that they form a federated and integrated digital infrastructure. This infrastructure makes it easier for scientists to find and share data, exchange expertise, and agree on best practices. Ultimately, it will help them gain new insights into how living organisms work.
ELIXIR is organised by a coordinating Hub and Nodes in each member country, bringing together over 230+ research performing organisations. An ELIXIR Node is a collection of research institutes within a member country. ELIXIR Nodes run the resources and services, activities and communities that are ELIXIR. EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) is an intergovernmental organisation so it is the only Node that is not associated with a country.
An ELIXIR Node is a collection of research institutes within a member country. ELIXIR Nodes run the resources and services that are part of ELIXIR. The Nodes build on the strengths of the scientific communities of that country.
The UK Node of ELIXIR represents UK strengths in bioinformatics within ELIXIR and provides a route for UK bioinformatics resources to participate in ELIXIR. The UK node is made up of a number of organisations throughout the UK with the coordination office being located at Earlham Institute.
ELIXIR-UK provides platforms and guidance for research data management, reproducible data analysis, FAIR data and software management and related services, and standards. It offers cross-cutting and domain specific services, and provides data and software related training, fellowships and workshops. The Node leads many ELIXIR Communities and Focus Groups and participates in European consortia and international standards organisations.
For clarity, EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute; EMBL-EBI) is the EMBL Node of ELIXIR and is not part of the UK Node. The UK Node represents non-EBI UK-based institutions, resources and activities.