At a Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) workshop, experts assist you in improving the FAIRness of your research data. The main goal of these three-day events is to learn how to FAIRify the datasets using linked data technology, and to combine the datasets with other FAIR datasets to answer a scientific question.
- See which BYODs are on the calendar and contact us if you want to join.
- Contact us if you want assistance in organising a BYOD.
At a BYOD, data owners, domain experts (usually biologists or chemists), and FAIR data experts jointly work on specific data sets. At the start, data owners present the data they wish to make FAIR. The data experts have extensive knowledge about FAIR data formats and principles, and support the data owners in choosing the optimal data model. In addition, they make sure that FAIR linked data is produced in the end. Domain experts can assist the data owners and data experts to solve intellectually challenging data modelling issues and to demonstrate the added value of FAIR data in answering specific research questions.
Organising a BYOD
DTL is happy to help you organise a BYOD. We have developed scripts, working documents, planning documents, a budget, and training materials for life science researchers and future data experts. Furthermore, we have a pool of FAIR data experts standing by, eager to share their knowledge. The general procedure is as follows:
- Send us an email outlining the goal, motivation, possible data owners, and preferred dates of the BYOD.
- DTL will contact you and set up the logistics.
- Once it is clear which data owners will attend the prospective BYOD, DTL will contact the FAIR data experts. At least two data experts are needed per data owner, and preferably at least one domain expert.
- A definitive date is set for the BYOD.
- Webinars are planned in which the data owners learn more about linked data and the FAIR principles, and in which demonstration use cases/ research questions for the BYOD will be defined. Data owners will also receive documentation prior to the workshop.
- A report/blog about the outcomes of the BYOD will be available at the DTL website.
FAIR Data Training
The need for linked and FAIR data experts is growing rapidly. Hence, the upcoming BYODs will function as hands-on training events for FAIR/linked data experts. Every BYOD will have at least one participant that is responsible for training the new experts, for monitoring lessons learned, and for producing written documentation about the experience gained and new data types modelled.
Since 2014, we have organised multiple BYODs, supporting organisations and companies in producing FAIR data (e.g., Human Protein Atlas, Enza Zaden, Rijk Zwaan, the rare disease community). Since 2016, we have also organised BYODs for projects such as ELIXIR EXCELERATE and Odex4all.
<!–In order to make optimal use of research data and methods it is essential to connect and functionally interlink datasets and to publish these in a FAIR manner. FAIR data should be:
- Findable – easy to find by both humans and computer systems and based on mandatory description of the metadata that allows the discovery of interesting datasets;
- Accessible – stored for long term such that the data can be easily accessed and/or downloaded with well-defined license and access conditions (Open Access when possible), whether at the level of metadata, or at the level of the actual data content;
- Interoperable – ready to be combined with other datasets by humans as well as by computer systems;
- Reusable – ready to be used for future research and to be processed further using computational methods.
DTL and ELIXIR have developed the concept of Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) parties as a low barrier approach to get data owners acquainted with the possibilities opened by ‘functionally interlinking’ data with other important datasets.
Data owners and trainers
In a BYOD people or organisations that have data they want to make FAIR get together with data experts/trainers. The data owners bring their data to the BYOD and get two days of undivided attention and ‘hands-on’ transformation of the data into FAIR format. Furthermore, the data owners and data experts work out a showcase together to demonstrate the added value of FAIR data in answering research questions using multiple resources. At the end of a BYOD party data owners are familiar with the basic principles of making data FAIR, in such a way that they can start using the FAIR data approach themselves.
DTL provides a growing list of international data experts who are willing to come to BYOD parties; please let us know if you are interested to attend BYODs as a trainer.
A third expertise category that comes in handy at a BYOD are domain experts, i.e. biologists who understand the context of the data and can help solving content related challenges that may occur. Minimally one or two ‘real biologists’ need to be at the party, especially when the biological knowledge present amongst the data owners is not sufficient.–>