DTL Focus meeting: Data management in Biological Collections

This focus meeting intends to identify the overlap in data management issues encountered for all biological collections. Our very diverse biological collections are all becoming very rich in data. DTL Partners and prospective partners of DTL have at least collections of human blood, plant seeds, animal sperm, fungal culture and museum specimens. We all want this data to become Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).

Date & time
The meeting is planned on September 29 2015, from 13:00 – 17:00 at SURF in Utrecht.

Target audience
This Focus meeting is targeted at researchers and bioinformaticians working with biological collections and who would like to make the collection available as linked open data and/or who would like to create added value for their collections by integrating own data with public data.

Subjects that will be discussed:

  • How is data stored?
  • How is data made available?
  • Can we identify where we’re storing comparable data? Can the computer see that these are comparable?
  • Are, for example, genomics data describing our collections, interoperable?
  • Can linked open data be used to couple our resources together and with other data banks?

The proposed outcome of this meeting is a list of identified challenges faced by each community, which could be jointly addressed more effectively.

Most likely this can be done along the other DTL FAIR data initiatives.

Contact person for this meeting is: Richard Finkers (WUR)


13:00 Coffee/tea
13:15 Welcome and Purpose by Richard Finkers (WUR)
13:25 Vincent Robert (CBS-KNAW): Mycobase: A species catalog: what do we store ourselves and what
can we do via connection to other data resources (tells us about the results of the BYOD).
13:50 Morris Swertz (RUG): Biobanks in hospitals: Catalogues and coupling information.
14:15 Tea break
14:35 Theo van Hinthum (CGN Plant): Challenges when registering quantitative phenotypic information
in a reproducible way
15:00 Hendrik Jan Megens (WU-ABGC) & Sipke Joost Hiemstra (CGN Animal): Data integration for gene
banks and bio banks in the farm animal domain
15:25 Rutger Vos (Naturalis): Museomics: unlocking museum collection data for science
15:50 Tea break
16:00 Discussion
16:30 Evaluation
16:40 Closing
17:00 Drinks


Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration is closed.

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