SERVICES

Blue Sky Bioinformatics provides bespoke database solutions to individual scientists, laboratory groups and biotech companies that are feeling overwhelmed by their data (regardless of the volume or variety), and/or are seeking to add more value to it.

Bespoke Database Solutions

Designed specifically for your data using a well-established, feature-rich, open source database platform that is under constant development (e.g. MySQL or PostgresQL).

Each database and project is unique, but optional extras include:

BROWSER-BASED GRAPHICAL FRONT-ENDS

Well-designed graphical front-ends facilitate simultaneous data exploration and analysis among team members and end-users regardless of IT ability.  BSB currently specialises in BioMart and custom-built Xataface instances but all open source front-ends or database query frameworks will be happily considered.  Depending on the underlying data structure/schema it may be possible to retrofit a graphical front-end to an existing database.

DATA INTEGRATION WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DATA SOURCES

Integration of other datasets and annotations helps provide more context and complexity to experimental datasets, which in turn, can enable more interesting and informative questions to be asked.  Depending on the implementation, data integration in the database can also save time and reduce mistakes.

DATA AUDITING

Underlying patterns, anomalies and errors (from multiple sources including malfunctioning lab equipment, inconsistent or ambiguous data integration, mistake-prone manual data entry, and/or infrequent curation) can unduly influence an analysis.  BSB specialises in finding, documenting and resolving these, be they either in the experimental or computational domain.  BSB can also help you recover more quickly from the presence of any underlying data errors that may affect complex analyses. This can be performed on novel datasets as well as pre-existing databases.

DATA PROCESSING AND SUBMISSION PIPELINES

Solutions involving the automated processing and quality control of data prior to its import into the database can also be provided.

DATABASE HOSTING

Subject to project resources and requirements, databases can be hosted locally, on a Virtual Private Server or in the Cloud.  In all cases the server will be configured according to best security practice.

Project Management and Workflows

BSB offers a project management service for Life Science Research. This can be modular, for example for a specific bioinformatics milestone/objective, or across the entire project.

Optional extras include:

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COLLABORATION AND PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

BSB can install, customise and maintain open source project management and collaboration software to lighten the administrative load, and enhance productivity and communication.

AUTOMATION AND WORKFLOW DEVELOPMENT

Repetitive manual data processing, analytical and/or administrative tasks can be assessed for automation and streamlining in order to increase productivity, standardisation and reduce potential for error.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

All projects are discussed in complete confidence. Should any potential conflict of interest arise with any project associated with Blue Sky Bioinformatics, or Adam’s own research, this will be declared upfront.