Welcome to the BaseSpace Weblog!

Welcome to the BaseSpace Weblog, a place for BaseSpace updates directly from members of the BaseSpace team. Return here for news about new tools and functionality, useful examples of research methods and data, and general musings on all things bioinformatic!

There’s a lot of focus right now on the need for more powerful informatics for sequencing (“DNA Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data” as the NY Times headlined this week). At Illumina we’re confident that these problems are going to be solved by smarter algorithms running on faster computers, and of course we’re working hard on that. But even more importantly we believe that sequencing users need to be able to focus 100% on discovery, not managing the complexities of informatics tools. Hence BaseSpace.

The BaseSpace team is committed to simplifying the informatics experience. We’re going to be deploying new features and updates at intervals of weeks, not the traditional bioinformatics cycle of months or years.  We’re constantly talking to users about what works and what needs improvement.  And we want to hear from you as soon as possible if we’ve screwed up… and by all means tell us if we’ve done something you really like!

Our development philosophy has been to start with the critical basic functions, execute them well, and then build on that strong foundation. Already, any MiSeq user can check a box on the instrument screen, and all run data will be securely streamed to BaseSpace. So, why would you want to do this?

  • Effortless offsite backup of all data generated during a run
  • Fast processing using the latest versions of Illumina’s informatics workflows
  • Access to your data from anywhere there’s a browser – including mobile
  • Instant sharing of any size data set with anyone that has an email address
  • Data secured by e-commerce grade encryption: SSL while in flight, AES-256 while at rest
  • Oh yeah, and it’s free!

What you see today is just the start. Right now we’re toiling away on an appstore so you can easily access best in class tools from any vendor. We’re working to get all HiSeq 2000s connected. And we’re developing some great tools of our own to put up in the appstore.

Again, don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to improve your BaseSpace experience!

-Alex

About Alex Dickinson

SVP at Illumina, founder/CEO Helixis and Luxtera.

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