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The Ark

The objective of The Ark project is to provide a suite of secure, integrated web-based tools that incorporate the majority of the functionality required to support data for a complex study or clinical trial. The Ark is an open-source data management tool available to support Australian and international biomedical researchers.

The University of Western Australia, together with the Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease (GOHaD), are proud to be in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) project to continue to develop The Ark application software for broad deployment to biomedical researchers.
The Ark operates on a cost-recovery basis as an enabling resource to support Australian and international research groups. Ark users have the option of downloading and setting up the software on their own servers, or choosing to take advantage of hosting resources already in use by The Ark team at GOHaD. The Ark team can provide a technical support service for those institutions or research groups that choose to run their own copy of the software.

The Ark collaborates closely with the WA DNA Bank (WADB), and many WADB Study Custodians opt to store their associated research data in The Ark platform hosted by GOHaD as a part of their user agreement.

For more information about The Ark, our services or fees, please contact us at ark-gohad@uwa.edu.au

The Ark team gratefully acknowledges the use of the Navicat license for open source development. For more information, click here.

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History of The Ark

Now known as The Ark, a high-end Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) was established within the Centre for Genetic Epidemiology & Biostatistics (now the Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease) at the University of Western Australia in the early 2000s. The LIMS was originally designed to allow secure sample tracking and management for biospecimen data.

Data is the primary asset of biomedical researchers, and the engine for both discovery and translational medical research. As the volume and sensitivity of research data continues to increase, for example due to new technologies such as ‘next-generation’ sequencing of human specimens linked to clinical datasets, so too does the requirement for access to application software for integrating and interrogating the different types of research data. Researchers often need to execute complicated queries and conduct analyses across multiple data types, such as phenotypic, genotypic, pedigree and biospecimen data.

The Ark project was established in late 2009 to further develop the LIMS into an open-source platform to support Australian and international biomedical researchers. The objective of The Ark project was to provide a suite of secure, integrated web-based tools that incorporate the majority of the functionality required to conduct a complex study or clinical trial. In 2012, support was provided by the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar) to expand the LIMS to a Cloud-based Bioinformatics Tool, with the goal of implementing additional functionality required by our collaborators and the majority of medical researchers currently undertaking data collection and analysis projects. Other important partners who have or continue to contribute to the development of The Ark include The Centre for Mega Epidemiology at Melbourne University, St John of God Hospital, The Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA), and the OBiBA Project.