Jonathan Lawson explains how cumbersome data access processes that create major bottlenecks in accessing genomic data and limit scientific impact can be streamlined through ontologies and automation.
We've mentioned the AnVIL project a number of times in recent blog posts — covering topics such as Dockstore, RStudio, Galaxy, and DRS URIs — so it feels like it's high time that we gave you some more context. Specifically, we thought it might be useful to reiterate the key goals of the AnVIL project and explain briefly how Terra fits in with the other AnVIL components.
DRS stands for Data Repository Service API, one of the interoperability standards developed under the aegis of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). In this blog, we explain the big picture of what DRS is for and how it liberates you from having to worry about certain data management problems.
There's a common misconception that the cloud is not secure enough for working with sensitive data like human genome sequence and medical records. I say misconception because, uh, yeah it is secure enough — or rather, it can be if it's done right [...]