Data analysis: Create a cloud commons : Nature News & Comment
Data analysis: Create a cloud commons
Major funding agencies should ensure that large biological data sets are stored in cloud services to enable easy access and fast analysis, say Lincoln D. Stein and colleagues.
There was a collective cheer in the human genomics community earlier this year, as researchers — ever more stymied by the challenges of accessing vast data sets — saw a major roadblock disappear. In March, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) lifted its 2007 restriction on the use of cloud computing to store and analyse the tens of thousands of genomes and other genetic information held in its repository, the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP)1.