Work package 4 is responsible for the ‘Data access and analysis’ work package, which will work to advance the data landscape for wheat comparative analysis through new sequencing experiments, and the development of an informatics infrastructure to provide a comprehensive, federated, and open data portal.
We will generate the underpinning data, and subsequently develop the tools and resources, to form the UK national node of the global Wheat Information System, in order to connect with and bridge the gaps in current applications. Enabling computational analysis and interrogation for breeders and biologists, alongside the capture, curation and integration of reference data, will promote a ‘genomic supermarket’ to federate the wheat datasets required for large scale complex comparative analyses, and the dissemination of these data back to the research community. All data within DFW will be freely available with no restrictions.
Wheat research produces a huge amount of data not only because it has a very large and complex genome, but also because of its importance as a UK and international crop. Doing science with wheat can be difficult if the data are not easy to access and use in other crop research, so this programme will make sure researchers can access this data openly and easily, as well as being able to make their own data available in this way. This will provide both scientists and industry professionals with the tools and infrastructures they need to do research into improving yields and resistance in wheat for the future.