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SEEK version 1.9.1 released

We are pleased to announce a new version of FAIRDOM SEEK is now available, which is version 1.9.1

Along with a number of bug fixes this version includes

  • Minor User Interface improvements
    • More consistent sorting of lists.
    • Consistent Add New button to add new items linked to the current item. This replaces buttons that only appeared in some places – such as the “Add New Data File” for “Assay”.
    • Split Edit and Manage actions between 2 separate pages, rather than being handled together through the same form.
  • Initial support for / JSON-LD markup – supporting Project, Taxon, Sample, Event, DataSet, DataCatalogue, DigitalDocument, and PresentationDigitalDocument
  • Validating assay and technology type URI’s (particularly when submitting through the API).
  • Managing project members through the API.
  • Fix to an problem and inconsistency with how countries and the country codes are stored and displayed.

Details on installing SEEK can be found in our Documentation, at – including running with Docker.

The upgrade guide can be found in the usual place at

Rightfield 0.24 released

A new version of Rightfield, has been released and is now available for download.

The new version includes a refresh and update of all its dependencies, in particular updated to use the latest version of Apache POI.

Along with an update there have also been a couple of improvements:

  • Rightfield will now retain existing data validations, that had been added to an existing Excel document previous to being populated with Rightfield.
  • Fix to an ambiguity problem with mixed ontologies containing terms with the same label, but from different sources. The ontology hierarchy and term view how includes the namespace prefix where available, and a tooltip will show the full IRI when hovering over a term.

The new version is available to download from the Rightfield website

SEEK version 1.9.0 released

The FAIRDOM team are pleased to announce a new version of SEEK – version 1.9.0

The highlights of this version includes:

  • Major upgrade of the underlying platform
    • Rails 4.2 → Rails 5.2
    • Updating and replacing affected libraries and dependencies
    • Unifying javascript to use jQuery framework throughout, and removing Prototype references
  • Ability to login with email as well as username
  • Ability to edit previous version revision comments
  • Show the SEEK ID of the selected node when navigating the ISA overview
  • Fix for model files appearing missing for previous versions (don’t worry, no files were actually lost)
  • A lot of bugfixes and minor improvements discovered during the upgrade testing

The main bulk of this work was the upgrade to Ruby on Rails, the underlying platform SEEK is built upon, which included many changes. This work has been carried out in parallel to other work over several months, and undergone a lot of testing. Bringing things up to date ensures we continue to get feature enhancements, improvements and security fixes.

Details on installing SEEK can be found in our Documentation, at – including running with Docker.

The upgrade guide can be found in the usual place at

New to FAIRDOMHub – Create your own Programmes and Projects

Following the recent release and upgrade of FAIRDOMHub to SEEK version 1.0, we are pleased to announce that we now support creating and administering your own Programmes and Projects.

This means as a registered user you can create your own Programmes, and create and add your own Projects and Profiles and administer them. After creation the Programme will need to be approved by FAIRDOM, but afterwards it can be completely self-managed.

You can register with FAIRDOMHub at if you do not already have an account.

Please visit our user guide for more details about this new service:

Once you have created a Programme, you will automatically become the Programme administrator. For more information about what you can then do, please read:

If you require any assistance or guidance, please see if your query has already been answered at our Biostar message board at: . If it hasn’t please raise a new question.