Monthly Archives: June 2016

FAIRDOMHub users: we are introducing licensing

Dear FAIRDOMHub users,

The new SEEK 1.1. release, allows users/creators to define the license under which to openly share their research data – which includes Datafiles, Models, SOPs, and Presentations.

What is the use of this? According to current copyright law and jurisdiction, any artefact without a defined license has all rights reserved. However, most people sharing
data want to be more permissive, and enable easier and safer reuse along with proper credit and attribution.

For data, the most common licenses are the Creative Commons licenses, and in most cases we suggest using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license ( ). This is the default license applied to new data added to the FAIRDOMHub, but creators of data/assets can change licensing type at their own discretion.

You can find more information about all the licenses available, along with a short video about the benefits of licensing open data at

IMPORTANT: Existing data on the FAIRDOMHub have been tied to “no license, all rights reserved” – which is the equivalent to what they were before this change.

If you wish us to apply a bulk change to apply a given license to all the data across your project, we can do this for you. Please contact us at with information your project and the license you would wish us to apply.

For more in depth information about licensing of open data, we have a couple of links you can read:

Reuser’s Guide to Open Data Licensing
How to License Research Data

Please contact with any feedback you may have.

The FAIRDOM team

Review of NBI-SysBio-Workshop ‘Kinetics on the move’

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of SABIO-RK (Biochemical Reaction Kinetics Database), the Scientific Database and Visualization (SDBV) group of HITS hosted the Workshop on Data for Computational Modelling in Heidelberg (30-31 May 2016). It was organized as a training course for experimentalists and modelers by the Data Management Node (NBI-SysBio) of de.NBI and supported by the FAIRDOM project and HITS.

In the keynote talk Ursula Kummer gave an overview of SABIO-RK and Modelling Biological Systems. The following talks and hands-on sessions focused on the publication, curation, retrieval, and usage of kinetic data from the reaction kinetics database SABIO-RK and on the use of data in modeling. The second day was dedicated to data management including best practice in data and model storage and re-usability by introducing the SEEK system and incorporated tools. The talks and hand-on sessions were enriched by questions, lively discussions and feedback given by the approximately twenty workshop participants.

Written by Maja Rey of de.NBI and SABIO-RK