To mark the 25th anniversary of EMBL-EBI, we looked back at the early days of the institute and we asked some of our colleagues to share their thoughts about the future of bioinformatics and related fields.
In 2015 we worked with a management consultancy, Charles Beagrie Ltd., to facilitate a large-scale, economic analysis of the institute’s impact on research practice and the global economy.
45% of users
said they could neither have created/collected the last data they used themselves, nor obtained it elsewhere
EMBL-EBI data and services contributed to the wider realisation of future research impacts worth £920m annually or £6.9b over 30 years (NPV)
EMBL-EBI data and services directly underpinned an estimated £335m of research last year or £2.5b over 30 years (NPV)
£1bn to £5bn
Direct efficiency impact of EMBL-EBI data, representing direct worth of between £5,382 to £26,000 per respondent per annum
This work, encouraged by the BBSRC, fed into a new framework for impact assessment. The resulting report included a survey of over 4000 data-service users, 45% of whom indicated that they could neither have created nor collected themselves the last data they used, nor obtained it elsewhere. The findings demonstrate the vital role of public databases in life-science research, and indicate that for every million pounds invested in EMBL-EBI, roughly 20 million pounds is returned to the global economy.