NETTAB 2018 Workshop on Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment

On 22-24 October 2018, the NETTAB 2018 Workshop ‘Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment’ will take place in Genoa, Italy. Next to the main programme, the workshop features two tutorials and an satellite hackathon event.

Bioschemas, a lightway approach to enable FAIRer data resources
Bioschemas is an open community project aiming to contribute with Life Science specifications to provides an easy way to add structured markup to web pages thus corresponding resources become more findable and interoperable. Building on, Bioschemas specifications include new types and properties, but also type customisation and usage guidelines, a.k.a. profiles. The Bioschemas approach relies on simplicity, with just enough guidelines in schemas such as ‘DataSet’, ‘BioChemEntity’ and ‘LabProtocol’ to enable FAIRer data resources.

During this half-day tutorial, people will learn about Bioschemas, its approach and its principles. Talks will be combined with hands-on activities so attendees can use Bioschemas profiles to better understand them, discuss on new specifications, and explore how extracted data can be used. People bringing their own data can either use existing profiles to markup their data, or contribute to tasks under development or to new profiles.

The ELIXIR Data Stewardship Wizard – how to guide life science researchers towards FAIR data management

This workshop is for Data Stewards and Bioinformaticians who are assisting life science researchers with the data management and data management planning in their projects. The ELIXIR Data Stewardship Wizard is a solution for ‘Smart Data Management Plans for FAIR Open Science’: incorporating expert knowledge on FAIR data management and data stewardship into daily practice, directly benefiting data-intensive research projects.

In this workshop, participants will be shown how the ELIXIR Data Stewardship Wizard can guide researchers towards FAIR data stewardship, how it can help data stewards to stay organised, and how it can help data experts of all kinds to advertise their expertise. We will walk together through: the wizard works for researchers, 2.what kind of knowledge is captured there, the wizard can be customised.

We also briefly touch how to run your own copy of the Wizard. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with the authors of the wizard to contribute their own expertise to the knowledge model. There will also be time to discuss what kinds of questions the workshop attendees are asked by researchers and how the wizard, in current or future form, will be able to contribute to answering such questions. For the workshop organisers, this workshop will be a valuable occasion to get feedback on the current tool, and they will collect a list of suggestions for developments and improvements.

Tutorial 4OSS – Adopting Open Source Software FAIR Practices
The “ELIXIR Training Platform” is partnering with The Carpentries (Software and Data Carpentry) to train life science researchers in computing and data management skills. The “ELIXIR Software development best practices” group, which is part of the ELIXIR Tools Platform, has proposed “Four simple recommendations to encourage best practices in research software” [1] aiming to help researchers and developers to adopt Open Source Software (OSS) practices and thus improve the quality and sustainability of research software. In order to encourage researchers and developers to adopt the four recommendations (4OSS) and build FAIR software, we developed specific training materials, taking advantage of the Carpentries approach and experience in training material development and maintenance.

The goal of this tutorial is twofold: promote the adoption of the 4OSS recommendations and introduce the participants to the training materials developed to teach researchers and developers how to implement OSS practices in their research software.

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