We are creating a vibrant ecosystem

of interoperable modules and
data environments for
the biomedical community

 

 

How we got started

It all started with a blog post in 2017. Josh Denny (Vanderbilt), David Glazer (Verily Life Sciences), Robert L. Grossman (University of Chicago), Benedict Paten (University of California at Santa Cruz), Anthony Philippakis (Broad Institute) were working together in support of multiple flagship scientific initiatives. They laid out a vision for the next generation of biomedical research, a common desire to build an open, compatible, and secure approach to data within the larger research community.

Our principles

We guide our efforts through four governing principles

Modularity

composed of functional components with well-specified interfaces

Community

driven

created by many groups to foster a diversity of ideas

Open

open-source licenses, software, architecture to enable extensibility & reuse

Standards

based

consistent with standards developed by coalitions such as GA4GH

 

Modular components

We designed the Data Biosphere around key components —
each having discrete capabilities and clear rules of interaction
 

Putting standards into practice

We work closely with organizations like the GA4GH to define and
implement  standards that support modular components  

Interoperable platforms

We work together to build integrated solutions
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Terra

 

Terra is a scalable & secure
platform for biomedical researchers 
to access data, run analysis tools, 
and collaborate.

 

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Gen3

Gen3 is an open source and
cloud-based platform for developing
 for managing, analyzing, harmonizing, and sharing large datasets

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Dockstore

 

Dockstore is an open platform used by the GA4GH for sharing Docker-based tools described with either
CWL, WDL, or NFL

Flagship scientific initiatives

We power many of the most important scientific
research projects of our time

Get Involved

We set out to solve problems bigger than any one organization and
we can use all the help we can get. Come join us.