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Merry Christmas from the FAIRDOM Team.

It has been another fantastic year here at FAIRDOM.

– We made 4 major releases of our SEEK software, which powers the FAIRDOMHub, bringing you the following functionality:

  1. (v1.2) Added in the new Samples framework, which offers you a more flexible way of managing your Samples, and their associated metadata.
  2. (v1.3) Fully integrated our two flagship platforms SEEK and openBIS so you can now use SEEK to find and link the data and metadata from your raw and processed data stored in openBIS. 
  3. (v1.4) Upgraded to RAILS 4 to ensure the security of the platform, and your data. 
  4. (v1.5) Brought you access to the JSON read API, so you can search for your data programatically. We also released the JERM 2 ontology.

– We attended 16 different community conferences, engaging more than 4000 of you, to help demystify data management, and make sure your valuable data is given the longevity it deserves.
– We attended and facilitated 14 community engagement meetings on your behalf, ensuring that data management policies for the future ensure the best long-term outcomes for your data and the research fields.
– We partnered with ELIXIR Norway, providing SEEK/FAIRDOMHub as an official data management platform for the Digital Life Norway projects. We also provided bespoke integration with NeLS – a data store and compute – which improves the data management pipeline for all Norwegian life-science researchers.
– Provided more than 200 new users with space to manage their data on the FAIRDOMHub, taking us to nearly 1000 users.
– Our SEEK platform was integrated locally into 7 new large scale labs, providing a secure store for their data.
– Held international training events for data management in the UK, Germany, and Norway to ensure researchers had access to hands-on data management training tailored to their work.

Thank you all for your support this year. We have lots of exciting plans for 2018, and we hope to see many of you along the way.


Katy Wolstencroft shares insights on why data integration is so important.

This month, Katy Wolstencroft from the FAIRDOM team gave an interview to In the interview she talks about why data integration is so important for modern science, and how to go about managing data to make it easier to integrate.

You can read the full interview here 

If you want to know more about why data management is important, and how to implement in your laboratory, we have starter page you can visit

FAIRDOM hosting training as part of Synthetic Biology UK in Manchester on Wednesday 29th November.

We are excited to announce our 2017 SynBio Data Management Training Day. The event is co-located with Synthetic Biology UK, in Manchester. The venue will be the Manchester Institute for Biotechnology (

The day will run on Wednesday 29th November, from 9.30 to 4pm, you can view the full agenda here

During the event we will be showcasing the data management in current UK Synthetic Biology Centres, and offering data management training in SEEK, the official data catalogue used by Manchester and Edinburgh. You can find out more about the event, including the location here

Participation is free. We have limited spaces, and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

To sign-up, or if you have further questions,  please email

Our final webinars of 2017

We recorded our last two webinars for you all to enjoy over the summer.

You can access Björn Grüning’s talk “Conda and Containers for a sustainable bioinformatic infrastructure” here:

and You can access Matthew Pocock’s talk “ShortBOL: A shorthand for synthetic biology design” here:

Multi-Scale Biology Study Group, 12th-15th December 2017

The University of Birmingham, with funding from the UK Multi-Scale Biology Network, will host a Multi-Scale Biology Study Group from 12th-15th December 2017. This event will bring together biologists, clinicians and scientists in industry with mathematicians to tackle research questions posed by the experimentalists, following the successful Multi-Scale Biology Study Group held in 2016.

Registration is free for up to 20 non-local UK-based researchers and will cover accommodation and subsistence. Places will be filled on a first-come first-served basis when registration opens shortly. Further details will be posted as they become available, any queries should be directed to or Interested mathematics researchers at all levels are encouraged to attend.

The call for problems will shortly go out – if you know of an experimental researcher who may be interested please ask them to contact Dave Smith ( or Rosemary Dyson (

FAIRDOM can support the data management of your ERACoBioTech Bids.

FAIRDOM can support the data management component of your ERA CoBioTech bids.

We have prepared a frequently asked questions document. to help you understand more about the data management component of the grant.

To prepare the written data management section we have prepared:

  1. Minimum data management planning checklist
  2. A boiler plate text that you can use and modify.

We encourage people who want to include us to speak directly with us. You can contact us at
Webinar video

Slides from the webinar