SLING is a three-year project - Serving Life-science Information for the Next Generation. Its goal is to make sure that advances in European Science are supported by the best possible biomolecular information, and that European scientists are optimally equipped to exploit it. To do this, SLING makes available a comprehensive range of databases and services from its five Partners: the European Molecular Biology Laboratory European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), the BRENDA database at the Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS), the European Patent Office (EPO), and Enzymeta GmbH.
Under the SLING project, the EBI provides:
- Bioinformatics Tools
- Web Services
- Training including Courses, Conferences, Workshops and the EBI User Training Programme
Under the SLING project, the SIB provides:
- Core & Computing facilities
- Software Tools
- Web Servers
- Education including Training Courses and Bioinformatics Workshops
- BiSSAP: Patent biological sequence submission tool
- Non-redundant Patent Sequences
- Dissemination events
Both the EBI and the SIB provide extensive, high-quality training in the use of the databases and services, and carry out R&D necessary to enable the data and services to keep pace with changing science. The activities are designed to support both commercial and academic research throughout Europe, and its training will be delivered in numerous European locations.
Under the SLING project, the EPO provides:
New high-throughout methods (such as next-generation DNA sequencing) will provide major stimuli for the R&D work of the project.
At TUBS and Enzymeta GmbH, the BRENDA enzyme database will be enhanced in the areas of systems biology, integration of BRENDA data into metabolic network models and network simulation programs, enzyme data visualisation, the BRENDA tissue ontology and new enzyme classes.