I am working on a project termed Spectracus in the Lamond Group which aims to address challenges raised by proteomics experiments moving into the realm of 'Big Data'. In fact, the challenges are not only with the large and ever increasing scale of our proteomics experiments, but also their complexity. As we move towards the use of multidimensional proteomics assays, rather than just protein identifications, and as we seek to integrate proteomics data with other large scale 'omics' data sets and public data resources, the combined complexity and scale of our data collections pose major problems and require innovative solutions.
My current focus is on developing a production solution to issues of proteomics big data in the Lamond Laboratory, using a Teradata database appliance to create a Proteomics Data Warehouse. Our aim is to improve the performance and scalability of the management, integration, quantification and ultimately sharing of the data and results arising from our mass spectrometry based proteomics experiments. I am part of the IT team In the Lamond Group working to streamline the capture, management and analysis of proteomics data, developing tools such as peptracker and datashop (www.peptracker.com).