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Ensembl is a joint project between EMBL - EBI and the Sanger Institute to develop a software system which produces and maintains automatic annotation on metazoan genomes. Ensembl is primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Ensembl website provides free access to all the data and software from the project.

The website is a mod_perl based interface to this data via a Perl API to MySQL databases, running to over 100 Gbytes of data. James has been involved with enhancing the API for the databases to speed up data retrival, and have worked extensively with the development of the highly graphical images and complex webpages that make up the site.