Secure storage of DNA sequence and genotype information
Presently, we are contributing to develop a solution for Oslo University Hospital, with further plans for regional, and national solutions for secure storage of sequence data, through utilizing a combination of local and national storage structures. Spearheaded by the Oslo University IT-center (USIT), there is now a process of expanding the initial limited services for handling of sensitive data. The funds, 0.5MNOK, have been applied towards establishing phase 2 of the project for sensitive data, and has enabled an increase in the workforce and infrastructure available for the project (TSD 2.0). TSD 2.0 will establish a service for secure storage and high-capacity computing for processing such data (parallelization of many parts of the computational analysis of Next-Generation-sequencing data is a must to keep processing time down). Additionally, the TSD 2.0 project is in the process of establishing a secure protocol for transferring research data from research facilities (typically hospitals) to the computer facility at the University.The project will soon be able to provide test-instances for the research groups that are dedicated early testers. The national structure, through Uninett Sigma, will also be in line with the solution. Within 2012, it is expected that both expanded storage capacity will be available, and with computing resources online to perform necessary computational processing. The project is intended for scaling within Helse Sør-Øst
The main innovative aspect is that the solution being developed will place Norway in the forefront internationally in secure handling of genetic data for research purposes, and may pose opportunities on an international scale at a later stage.