The GenomeSpace initiative brings together diverse computational tools into one place, enabling scientists without programming skills to easily combine their capabilities and aims to offer a common space to create, manipulate and share an ever-growing range of genomic analysis tools. Initially seeded with six popular genomics tools GenomeSpace will provide a common workspace that enhances the tools interoperability and accelerate scientific research and discovery.
GenomeSpace builds on a suite of genomic analysis tools for gene expression analysis, proteomics, SNP analysis, and other bioinformatics applications that the Broad Institute initially launched in 2004. A key aim of the project is to help researchers build and share reproducible bioinformatics workflows. GenomeSpace will obviate the need for manual data transfer between tools and will track all the provenance and history of the data and the analysis performed. Scientists will be able to replay their workflow at a later date or share it with others.
With funding from the NHGRI and the expertise of an international team of collaborators, GenomeSpace is now being built by researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Weizmann Institute of Science, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Cruz, Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University. Members of the Scientific Advisory Group to GenomeSpace are Eugene Meyers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Aravinda Chakravarti from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Saeed Tavazoie and Olga Troyanskaya from Princeton University, Dan Reed from Microsoft, and Eric Miller from Zepheira