The eScience Lab research group is led by Professor Carole Goble. The group is based at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester. It’s affiliated with the wider Information Management Group.

The eScience Lab team are focused on research and development around a set of tools designed for data driven and computational research. The tools support the coming together of people, data and methods in a particular research area; this is also know as an e-laboratory. These e-Laboratories or e-Labs support domains as diverse as systems biology, social science, music, astronomy, multimedia and chemistry. The tools have been adopted by a large number of projects and institutions.

Our research and projects span a wide array of topics, including eScience, bioinformatics, biodiversity, scholarly communication, reproducible science, linked data, provenance, community building and knowledge representation.

The eScience Lab currently has guaranteed funding until 2019.

History

In 2001, the myGrid consortium was formed, bringing together collaborators at the Universities of Manchester, Southampton, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, The European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Cambridge, and industrial partners GlaxoSmithKline, Merck KGaA, AstraZeneca, Sun Microsystems, IBM, GeneticXchange, Epistemics and Cerebra (formerly Network Inference). The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded the first phase of the project with £3.5 million.

In phase 2, from 2006 to 2009, the consortium was funded for £2 million as part of the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute (OMII-UK) funded by EPSRC (EP/D076617/1), in addition to an EPSRC platform grant (EP/C536444/1). The membership of the consortium was concentrated at the University of Manchester and EMBL-EBI.

In phase 3, from 2009 to 2014, the team was funded for £1.15 million by a grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/G026238/1). The membership of the consortium for Phase 3 was the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton.

The myGrid team continued as a sub-group of the Information Management Group at the School of Computer Science, participating in multiple projects. In 2015 the team formed the eScience Lab as a research group at the school. The group remains associated with the Information Management Group.