The European Bioinformatics Institute at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) helps scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by exploiting complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. EMBL's missions are to provide freely available data and bioinformatics services to all facets of the scientific community in ways that promote scientific progress; to contribute to the advancement of biology through basic investigator-driven research in bioinformatics; to provide advanced bioinformatics training to scientists at all levels, from PhD students to independent investigators; and to help disseminate cutting-edge technologies to industry. EMBL-EBI’s Microbiome Informatics team is a HoloFood partner and involved in analysis pipelines for data analysis and exploration, as well as leading the HoloFood database creation and curation.