Monthly Archives: May 2018

Join us at “FAIR Data Management in Life-Sciences” a workshop and user meeting in Lyon France, Sat 27th Oct.

We are hosting a workshop and user meeting entitled “FAIR Data Management in Life-Sciences”, as a satellite of this year’s ICSB 2018, in Lyon, France ( To register, please fill in the google form below (or follow this link directly to the form, which also provides some additional information about the workshop and user meeting. If you can not view the google form, or do not wish to register your details using a google form, please mail and one of the team will collect your registration data via email or phone.

ELIXIR Webinar on the Systems Biology Implementation Study

Representatives from ELIXIR France will present the outcomes from the Systems Biology Implementation Study to define the requirements for a European bioinformatics resource for microbial metabolism as well as providing a practical demonstration of how existing funded resources from ELIXIR partners could be integrated to meet those needs.

The webinar will take place on Wendesday 13 June 2018 at 14.00 BST (to be confirmed!).

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CORBEL launches 2nd Open Call for research projects!

The CORBEL Open Call invites researchers to apply to access technologies and services from more than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures across Europe. Selected projects will gain unprecedented opportunities to utilise a wide range of high-end technologies and services. These include state-of-the-art offers from the fields of advanced imaging, biobanking, clinical and translational research, curated databases, marine model organisms, mouse mutant phenotyping, high-throughput screening, structural biology as well as systems biology.

Costs for travel to partner sites will be reimbursed by CORBEL and access to service providers will be granted without access fee (extra costs for consumables may apply). Projects will be supported at every stage, with CORBEL project managers at hand to help scientists navigate between different service providers and exploit the full potential of the offers available. Learn more about the CORBEL Open Call by visiting our website (

CORBEL – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is an EC Horizon2020 project uniting 13 Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures (RIs). In CORBEL, the participating RIs expand their cooperation in order to harmonise researchers’ access to their cutting-edge technologies and services by establishing a sustainable platform of aligned services that will enable faster admission to a wider portfolio of technologies and services to boost research projects.

“NETTAB 2018: Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment” Call for Abstracts.

NETTAB 2018 is organised in collaboration with ELIXIR Nodes of the UK and Italy as well as the Italian Society of Bioinformatics, BITS.
The main focus will be on FAIR principles in bioinformatics, a challenging topic that we hope will attract many researchers from all over the world, including but not limited to, Bioinformaticians, Biologists, Computer Scientists, and others working or interested in the above research scope.
The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship, published in 2016, has sparked worldwide interest across the biology community: from grassroots to policymakers, and from data providers to publishers.
In order to make the FAIR concept a reality, we need to answer many questions, like: What is FAIRness? How to make FAIR data a reality? How to facilitate the translation to FAIR data? How to measure it? On these topics, there are many ongoing projects, such as EOSCpilot, FAIRmetrics, FAIRsharing, and GO-FAIR.
Now is the perfect time to discuss on these topics and related actions, and to move on from FAIR principles to FAIR practice. The workshop will provide an excellent environment and a range of opportunities to present and discuss methods, theoretical approaches, algorithms, tools, platforms, practical applications and experiences of FAIR in Bioinformatics.
Methods, theoretical approaches, algorithms, tools, platforms, practical applications and experiences of FAIR in Bioinformatics including, but not limited to:
FAIR concept
•       Specification and revision of components, conceptual issues.
•       Criticisms and review of FAIR principles
Development tools
•       FAIR Web Services, metadata for FAIR tools, revision of standard formats.
FAIRification methodologies
•       FAIRification best practices and training
•       Experiences of FAIR methods
•       Best practices and lessons learned from domains outside bioinformatics.
FAIRness evaluation
•       FAIRness validation and correction tools.
•       FAIR metrics: Levels of FAIRness, FAIRness scores, FAIRness minimal levels.
FAIR environment
•       Integration and interoperation of FAIR data and systems.
•       FAIR and its demonstrated contribution to open science and reproducible results
•       FAIR principles and practices of research outputs other than data: workflows, scripts, tools, models, training materials, SOPs etc
•       Surveys of FAIR resources and methods
FAIR value
•       Examples of FAIR in practice and the benefits of FAIR resources
•       Related initiatives to FAIR: for example Data Commons and EOSC
•       The economics of FAIR
•       Incentives for FAIR stewardship throughout the data lifecycle
The topics of NETTAB 2018 also include the usual topics of NETTAB workshops.
Submission of abstracts for oral communications: Sunday May 20, 2018
Notification: Monday June 18, 2018
Abstracts of maximum four A4 pages must be submitted through EasyChair at:
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