Centre’s resources featured in ELIXIR annual report 2016

Centre’s resources featured in ELIXIR annual report 2016

The Centre’s resources are featured in ELIXIR's annual report for 2016, which highlights major achievements towards an European infrastructure for life science and biomedical data.

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.

ELIXIR has released its Annual Report highlighting the major achievements of 2016 and illustrating the growth and maturity of its services. It also shows progress made towards the priorities of the current ELIXIR Scientific Programme 2014-2018 and sets the scene for the remainder of the programing cycle.

Biosharing, the ISA framework and the NIH DataMed DATS are resources featured in the annual report, with BioSharing also listed as one of the Core Services. BioSharing is an informative and educational resource on content standards, databases, and data policies by funders and journals; the ISA framework, is a suite of open source software for collection, curation and storage of experimental metadata and its provenance, also using semantic technologies and data publication workflow. The NIH DataMed does for data what PubMed has done for literature and DATS is the metadata model underpinning the system.

Combined these resources play a pivotal roles in enabling reproducible research, supporting the evolution of the scholarly publishing ecosystem, and specifically enabling the FAIR principles for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable data.

Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone is the Centre’s PI on these successful community resources, coordinated by Dr Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Dr Philippe Rocca-Serra, Dr Peter McQuilton and other members of the team. Dr Sansone has also co-established the ELIXIR UK Node, these resources also are part of, supported by the UK RCs and the Wellcome Trust.