Building capability for genomics research

Mr Jun Huh1

1New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), Auckland, New Zealand


In 2019, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) initiated work with Genomics Aotearoa to address requirements for storage and hosting of bioinformatics data. A prototype data repository was developed and launched (with assistance from University of Otago IT staff), followed by a production repository hosted on NeSI infrastructure.


Both repositories utilise Globus for group-based access management and data transfer functionality and fulfil iwi requirements for data to be hosted onshore. By year’s end, genomic data for five taonga species with cultural significance to Māori was securely stored and available for mediated access.

NeSI staff also began working with Genomics Aotearoa’s Vision Mātauranga Coordinator to develop a permissions workflow, which will include a review of all requests and a consent process through a kahui group of advisors.

Further development of the repository is currently in progress, including investigation of a metadata catalogue and work towards the goal of making the repository data F.A.I.R. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) within a context of indigenous data governance.


This talk will share a brief overview of this project, some of the recent milestones achieved, and a look at further development planned over the next year.


Jun Huh comes from a startup background with a focus around providing genuine value to users and steering organisations to be more user-driven.

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