Data interoperability

Coordination: Barend Mons (LUMC) and Chris Evelo (MUMC+)


Several Dutch groups have specialized in technology and resources to enable meaningful exchange and integration of biological information: software and standards for:

• data capture (a.o. ISA-tab; Evelo, Bouwman)
• semantic web (Evelo, Mons, Van Harmelen).

In this context, ELIXIR-NL already provides supporting Open Source tools to the ELIXIR framework (e.g. Conceptwiki, WikiPathways, BridgeDB/IMS, GSCF, and Peregrine, see also below). ELIXIR-NL will further contribute to ELIXIR with tooling and expertise resulting from integrative cross-ESFRI and cross-IMI international projects, such as Open PHACTS, an IMI data interoperability project in which several ELIXIR Node leaders participate (Valencia-Spain, Thornton-EBI, Appel-Switzerland, Brunak-Denmark, Mons-Netherlands, Goble-UK). There is also a close involvement of BioSHaRE, BBMRI, EMIF, European Lead Factory and EATRIS in the Dutch node interoperability activities. DTL actively involves technology and life science companies in these activities where needed to deliver professional services.


Based on these capabilities it is the ambition of the Dutch node to play a role in ELIXIR in developing professional capturing, publishing and hosting of data in standard (semantically interoperable) FAIR Data format.

ELIXIR-NL workstream

For the Interoperability focus area, ELIXIR-NL is one of the main drivers of the standard FAIR Data stewardship approach that allows the functional interlinking of distributed data and information resources across ELIXIR, and globally. This approach is the core of the ELIXIR data interoperability workpackage.

International collaboration

In the framework of this ELIXIR-NL workstream, DTL-associated groups collaborate closely with (a.o.) ELIXIR nodes at EBI, UK, CH, SE, DK and Spain. Also, in the context of the FAIRport initiative, DTL collaborates closely with many international initiatives, such as FORCE11 and the NIH funded NeuroScience Information Framework (NIF).