A European Open Science Cloud (EOSC-Life) call for projects sharing data, tools and workflows concerning sensitive data in the cloud

The second Digital Life Science Call for sensitive data targeted existing partners with project proposals offering solutions  for the management of sensitive data and/or sharing workflows and tools specifically designed to deal with sensitive data. Sensitivity of the data may arise from its personal nature (personal data in the sense of the GDPR, e.g. health data, biological samples and associated personal data, genetic data, individual research data, etc.), but can also be caused by biohazard concerns (e.g. Dual Use Research of Concern) or application of the Nagoya protocol. Out of nine proposals in the sensitive open call track, 1 has been selected for implementation.

EOSC-Life Technical experts firstly reviewed  all the proposals with regards to their technical impact, feasibility and project maturity; the proposal then underwent scientific assessment. As final step, a selection panel of both internal and external experts chose the winning projects from a shortlist of 8 proposals based on transparent selection criteria. The following project was selected for funding:

Funded Project

A cloud-ready data management and processing platform for sensitive cancer-genomics data

Project team: Sven Twardziok (Charité), Philipp Strubel (Charité) Philip R. Kensche (DKFZ), Ivo Buchhalter (DKFZ) 

Brief project summary:
Diminishing possible security threats posted by whole genome and clinical information data sharing, the aim of the platform is to send analysis workflows to the data avoiding transferring data between sites, and increasing both efficiency of data management and data security. This project will deploy a cloud platform for processing sensitive genomics data based on OTP, WESKit, and our relevant ICGC cancer genomics workflows. The platform will be able to connect to federated data repositories, such as the federated EGA and an ICGC mirror, both of which are already in the process of being implemented at the Charité and DKFZ cloud sites. Using the platform, the processing of sensitive genomics data in the cloud based on publicly available cell culture data sets will be demonstrated. The software stack will be integrated with relevant EOSC-life services, and itself will be provided as an EOSC service to other EOSC-life researchers, to deploy their own sensitive genomics workspaces in the cloud. The ICGC workflows will be registered at WorkflowHub.

RIs Involved: ELIXIR

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