So far, DTL has focused on three major components of the life science research infrastructure (the DTL programmes):
- Data: facilities, tools, resources and expertise to process, analyse, preserve, share, combine and publish data in a FAIR manner.
- Technologies: high-end wet-lab facilities and the associated expertise, quality assurance processes, best practices, guidelines and standards.
- Learning: training and education of users and experts in the fields of Data and Technologies.
Within these themes, DTL aims to interconnect and improve existing research infrastructure of its partners. DTL’s most important current activities are summarised in the following matrix:
While the DTL office has a facilitating role, experts of the DTL community have formed groups under the DTL umbrella to run all these activities.
- Individual life science professionals such as researchers, technical experts, data experts, project leaders, and trainers collaborate in projects and programmes (e.g., FAIR data projects, Research data management activities, Training & education programme, ELIXIR-NL). DTL offers these professionals a platform to exchange experiences and overcome the challenges together, for instance in Interest Groups and Working Groups or at Focus Meetings, Programmers Meetings, and Conferences.
- Expert groups collaborate within the Technology Hotels network.
- Partner institutes collaborate within strategic alliances, such as Health-RI and other large-scale research infrastructure initiatives.