The Big Data and Cyberinfrastructure (BDCI) network is designed to serve as a hub for the bioinformatic side of plant sciences. Do you use computers to address biological questions, or do you need help from someone who does? Then welcome - we invite you to Join the BDCI network!

Resource Collections

Collection 1: Discussions 
Collection 2: Links to blogs 
Collection 3: Interviews with authors
Collection 4: Videos on tools and techniques


What is “Big Data” and “Cyberinfrastructure” and why are these terms often lumped together? Big data can be defined as a data set that is too big to analyze efficiently in a standard computing environment. Thus, many types of data fall into this “Big Data” category. Long a term attributed to genomics and transcriptomics, big data can now be applied to all forms of discovery in plant biology, such as phenomics, modeling, 3D-imaging, etc. Cyberinfrastructure then, is the ecosystem in which we analyze, process, and transform these data. Cyberinfrastructure can be the tools (e.g. Docker/GitHub) or the computational resources (e.g. cloud computing, HPCs, etc) used to examine your big data.

The BDCI was originally established as part of the Plant Science Research Network in order to create a place for individuals to communicate specifically about the big data and cyberinfrastructure needs of the plant science community. We welcome everyone to join and hope that you find this space useful. Plant Systems Cyberinfrastructure 10-year strategic plan

The BDCI network is managed by a group of community network leaders - Andrew Nelson, Renee Dale, and Upendra Divisetty.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Natalie Henkhaus (, executive coordinator, Plant Science Research Network.