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News: FAIRDOM-SEEK version 1.12.0 released

May 9, 2022

We are pleased to announce a new version of FAIRDOM-SEEK is now available, which is version 1.12.0

  • Collections - the ability to bundle together items that are conceptually related into an ordered list, which can then be shared together as collection.
  • New customisable front landing page - a cleaner front page, with more useful information, that can be customized and configured per SEEK instance.
  • Sample attributes enhancements - attributes can be provided a description, which provides more details when entering or viewing a sample. They can also be given a persistent identifier, to provide a semantic definition of the attributes meaning.
  • Improvements to how creators can be credited - there is now an improved UI for crediting the creators, or authors, of assets. Extra information, such their as ORCID and affiliation, can now be added for each creator, even if they are not registered in SEEK. The exact order of how creators appear can also be specified.
  • Explicit ordering of Investigations, Studies and Assays - each can be provided with an explicit order within the other, rather than the order they are added. They can re-ordered at any time.
  • Ability to link a Sample to multiple other samples - previously, a sample could only be linked to a single other sample. This has now been updated to allow a one to many relationship as long as the samples are of the same type.
  • EDAM annotations for workflows - describe the workflow operations and topics from the EDAM ontology. This is also planned to be reused to describe data types and formats.
  • Simpler branding settings - for SEEK administrators, the settings to give particular branding to an instance were complicated and confusing. This has now been simplified, and organised in logical groups.
  • Moved related items into a tab - the list of related items associated with the item shown have now been moved into a separate tab, rather than needing to scroll to the bottom of the page. There are also plans to move other information, such as versions and files, into additional tabs.
  • Fixes and improvements running to under a relative URL - for those running SEEK under a relative URL ( e.g., some issues were found with incorrect links. These problems have now been fixed, for both Docker and Bare-metal installations, and the testing process improved.
  • Batch registration of Samples through the API - it is now possible to register Samples in batches through the API, rather than one by one, to reduce the number of necessary calls and performance.
  • Updated to use latest version of Apache Solr - the Apache Solr that was being bundled with SEEK, was no longer being maintained and updated. This locked SEEK to an older version of Java. Solr has now been separated, that can be installed separately using the latest version, along with an updated configurations. A new updated Docker image is also now available.
  • Workflow API enhancements updates to support the GA4GH TRS API, allowing one click execution of Galaxy workflows, and support for registering an RO-Crate through the API.
  • Extending the items a workflow can be linked to - ability to link a workflow to Datafiles (as test, example and training data), Documents, SOPs, and Presentations as well as Publications.
  • User defined workflow types - users can now add to the selection of workflow types, if they can’t find the one they need, when registering a workflow.

More details about the changes can be found in the 1.12.0 Release Notes.

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