BRISSkit - Biomedical Research Infrastructure Software Service kit

BRISSkit was funded by the JISC UMF Shared Services and the Cloud Programme. Its main aim was to design, deliver and begin to exploit a national data hosting service for researchers in the field of Biomedicine and Bioinformatics. Components were provided based on open source developed solutions which can be hosted externally where appropriate and accessed securely over the JANET academic network.

About the project

At the heart of BRISSkit sits two data warehouses, one inside a hospital infrastructure, and the other outside. The data warehouse in the hospital can have sensitive patient data stored in it, this can range from questionnaires to clinical data. The external data warehouse had anonymised versions of the patient data on it (pushed from the hospital side), which allowed researchers to analyse clinical data while maintaining patient confidentiality.

The service was developed in partnership between the University of Leicester and the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit based at the Glenfield Hospital in the University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust.


A blog was created to track the progress of this project.


We held a workshop in Leicester on Thursday 19th January 2012 - see details.

Further information

Further information about the project can be found at the links below and at the BRISSkit community website.

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