The IFB national node (hub) is the “UMS 3601 – IFB-core” located on the CNRS campus in Gif-sur-Yvette.
The main task of IFB-core consists in providing technical and administrative support to IFB.
- UMS 3601 at CNRS
- UMS 1385 at l'INRA
- US 21 at l'INSERM
IFB-core acts as an interface between the bioinformatics community, the life science community that uses the services provided by IFB, and the representatives of the main French scientific research organizations. IFB-core, in its capacity as the IFB hub, is also in charge of maintaining an effective relationship with ELIXIR, the European hub in Hinxton (Cambridgeshire, UK).
IFB-core activities consist in:
- Managing the French National Research Agency (ANR) funds in collaboration with the local administration of the CNRS (DR4).
- Stimulating IFB scientific policy and contributing to the dissemination of its activities.
- Promoting the coordination and structuring of platform activities.
- Providing a centralized access to bioinformatics resources (support, training, services, tools, data, IT infrastructure).
- Promoting the pooling of expertise and resources for:
o The computing and storage infrastructure
o Technological projects (pipelines, workflows, etc.)
o User training
- Offering a single, well-identified entry point for the life science community
- Presenting an overview of IFB activities to the supervisory authorities (indicators).
To perform these tasks, IFB-core is structured into two teams, the first one responsible for activities related to communication, training and development, and the second one devoted to the coordination of the IFB national IT infrastructure and its interactions with the regional IT infrastructures (GRISBI task force).