Our first user meeting

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Here at FAIRDOM we celebrated another great year of providing data and model management support to researchers by running our first user meeting. It formed part of the satellite meetings for the ICSB, and it was held at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park: a beautiful venue that backs straight onto the beach. On the morning of the meeting the sun was out, the skies were clear, and the weather reports promised 30 degrees by lunch time. Despite the lure of a perfect summers day on the beach, we arrived at the meeting to find over 40 people eager learn about, and discuss, FAIRDOM data and model management. Brilliant.

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The beach just outside the Biomedical Research Park

We had keynote discussions which looked at FAIRDOM and what we offer to assist researchers in data management (Carole Goble); How to encourage researchers to share and manage their data (Gareth Knight and Yannick Wurm) and; How to publish citable research (Jacky Snoep).

Our attendees getting ready to start the day.

In addition to this we had short presentation from large consortia projects that are championing the use of data management, using FAIRDOM, within their projects. During the afternoon we had breakout sessions for training (Olga Krebs and Bernd Rinn), technical requirements (Stuart Owen), discussions on incentivising data and model management (Natalie Stanford).

Some key take home messages from the meeting

1. For science to progress we need to build on previous knowledge, however much of this knowledge – in the form of data – is disappearing rapidly over the long term.


Scientists losing data at a rapid rate (2013) http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-losing-data-at-a-rapid-rate-1.14416

2. The issue of implementing data and model management is a global issue, demonstrated by the breadth of countries members of the user meeting attended.

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Research countries of registered attendees at the FAIRDOM user meeting

3. Writable APIs are the way forward for allowing integration of data and model management resources.

4. The sign of a successful meeting  is when three quarters of the attendees insist on joining you for dinner.

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Some of the attendees and the FAIRDOM team enjoying talks over dinner

5. It’s good to catch up on the presentations even if you couldn’t attend:

Gareth Knight
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Rewarding open science practice in funded research (coming soon)

Yannick Wurm
Queen Mary University London, UK
A major transition in social evolution & some data tidbits

Carole Goble
The University of Manchester, UK
FAIRDOM introduction

Jacky Snoep
Stellenbosch University, SA
Publishing FAIR studies with citable research assets: a case study. Modelling glucose metabolism in malaria patients

Sergey Lashin
Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, Russia
Siberian SEEK (coming soon)

Tomasz Zielinski
University of Edinburgh, UK
Evaluation of SEEK and OpenBIS for data management on a centre-wide level

Jon Olav Vik
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Data and model management needs for a knowledge base of salmon physiology. Use Case: The Digital Salmon

Martin Böhm
DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
PAL’s Experience: IMOMESIC

Matthias König
Charite´ – Universitätsmediz Berlin, Germany
Management of data, models, analyses and code for reproducible computational research: Present and Future

Maksim Zakhartsev
Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany
MOSES, ZucAt and ExtremoPharm (coming soon)