NETTAB 2018: Building a FAIR bioinformatics environment

On 22-26 October 2018, the NETTAB workshop will take place in Genoa (Italy). Confirmed speakers include Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University), Rob Hooft (DTL, ELIXIR-NL), and Marco Roos (LUMC). More information and registration.

NETTAB 2018 is organised in collaboration with ELIXIR Nodes of the UK and Italy, as well as the Italian Society of Bioinformatics. 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, have 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? There are many ongoing projects on these topics, such as EOSC pilot, FAIR metrics, FAIR sharing, and GO FAIR. Now is the perfect time to discuss these topics and related actions, and to move 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.

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