Around 120 Dutch life science expert groups have registered their facilities or expertise as
- Public Technology Hotels: research groups that offer high-end technology or data expertise on a collaborative or cost-recovery basis, or
- Private Technology Hotels (also called ‘Service Providers’): companies that offer state-of-the-art technology services, often also on a cost-recovery basis.
DTL acts as a platform for these expert groups to collaborate and coordinate their activities, across life science domains (e.g., health, nutrition, agro, biotech, and biodiversity) and across technologies (e.g., bioimaging, bioinformatics, genomics, medical imaging, metabolomics, phenotyping, proteomics, structural biology, and systems biology). Gathering in a national network enables the groups to
- make facilities and expertise findable and accessible (list of hotels),
- organise funding for hotel guests (ZonMw/NWO Enabling Technologies Hotels programme),
- exchange best practices, harmonise data generation and treatment processes, and develop and share standard operating procedures (Interest Groups and Focus Meetings),
- boost good data stewardship, data integration, and data reuse (Interest Groups and Focus Meetings).