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Allas is CSC’s data management system that research groups can also use to share data.

“We need the resources provided by CSC to obtain comprehensible information from the large-scale sequencing data that we can then analyse statistically. We increasingly use these services as a platform for cooperation. We can build workflows with other research groups and make the data available through CSC, and the data analysis platform is also in one place, on the CSC servers. It is also important that the bioinformatics data resources provided by ELIXIR can be accessed via CSC. We are also increasingly using these services to provide training in computational research methods.”

Leo Lahti, Associate Professor of Data Science from the University of Turku, is developing the machine learning models with his research group and partners for screening microbial signatures from large-scale data collections.

‘The microbiome is just one element in development of diseases, but it is an element that we haven’t been able to study as extensively before, because the effective data collection methods we have now have become available only very recently,” says Lahti.

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CSC – IT Center for Science

is a non-profit, state-owned company administered by the Ministry of Education and Culture. CSC maintains and develops the state-owned, centralised IT infrastructure.





builds infrastructure in support of the biological sector. It brings together the leading organisations of 21 Euro- pean countries and the EMBL European Molecular Bio- logy Laboratory to form a common infrastructure for biological information. CSC – IT Center for Science is the Finnish centre within this infrastructure.