The HOBIT initiative is dedicated to form the core of a network linking bioinformatics centres together. It shall be understood as an initial organisational and technological platform for interconnection of bioinformatics activities. The aim of the network is to concatenate applications and resources in a uniform way so providing an efficient communication tier for bioinformatics resource access.
Commonly bioinformatics resources are highly localised and only accessible via interactive web pages. This causes several disadvantages. It complicates for example the possibility to integrate external resources in local applications. As a result this leads very often to redundant installations of external applications and databases. Consequential information may diverge especially in databases if additional information is generated. Beside this a significant administrative overhead is required. Other problems are for example no uniform access mechanisms for information and the requirement to deal with different technologies.
We greatfully acknowledge the funding from the "Impuls- und Vernetzungsfonds der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V."