Management of large genomic data with free software


The suite of free software tools created within the OpenCB (Open Computational Biology – initiative makes possible to efficiently manage large genomic databases.

These tools are not widely used, since there is quite a steep learning curve for their adoption, thanks to the complexity of the software stack, but they may be really cost-effective for hospitals, research institutions etcetera.

The objective of the talk is showing the potential of the OpenCB suite, the information to start using it and the advantages for the end users. BioDec is currently deploying a large OpenCGA installation for the Genetic Unit of one of the main Italian Hospitals, where data in the order of the hundreds of TBs will be managed and analyzed by bioinformaticians.