The German Human Genome Phenome Archive (GHGA) provides a nationwide resource for the archiving and secure access of so-called "omics" data. The term "omics" stands for molecular biological methods (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, etc.) that are used to analyze many thousands of human characteristics with the aim of characterizing individual disease progression. The common use of these data types has not been done in Germany so far.
As a national consortium, the GHGA is in a position to fulfill the legal and ethical requirements specific to Germany and to enable secure data exchange.
In implementing its goals, the 80-member team collaborates with numerous national and international institutions and societies.
Tasks of WACON
As a TYPO3 agency, we were commissioned with the entire technical implementation, from web design to programming and integration in TYPO3. The license-free content management system was suitable for these tasks for the following reasons:
the easily and flexibly implementable multilingualism (the website is currently available in two languages)
the sophisticated user and authorization management, which allows an orderly editing of the content by different persons
the possibility to extend the system with extensions to meet individual customer requirements (e.g. an employee plug-in to display team members)
the high security requirements for a data-sensitive scientific project
Last but not least, of course, the economic component also plays a role: published as Open Source under the GNU General Public License, TYPO3 is basically free of charge.