BioSharing and the ISA Framework selected as UK node resources for ELIXIR

BioSharing and the ISA Framework selected as UK node resources for ELIXIR

Following its recent open exercise, Oxford-led BioSharing and the ISA Framework have been selected as "infrastructure-ready" resources to participate in ELIXIR-UK Node and to become ELIXIR Named Services, effectively acting as flagship UK resources.

BioSharing is a informative and educational portal of inter-related data standards, databases, and policies in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. The ISA Framework encompasses an open source software suite (ISA tools), which facilitate standards-compliant collection, curation, publication and sharing of increasingly diverse set of experiments, and a growing user community (ISA Commons).

"I have initiated and run ISA since 2007 and launched BioSharing, expanding on an earlier effort started in 2008, and I am delighted to see how these activities have matured and grown over these year. The successful review and subsequent recognition we have received from the UK Node is extremely important for the continued success and sustainability of these resources" says Dr. Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Associate Director, who leads the Oxford e-Research Centre team running BioSharing and ISA resources.

Dr Peter McQuilton, Knowledge Engineer and Senior Research Associate, will present on BioSharing resources to an audience of academia, industry and standardisation body experts from across Europe, at the CHARME conference of standardisation in life sciences, 21-22 June 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

This is the first conference organised by the CHARME consortium to discuss current challenges in the field of standardisation in the life sciences. The programme features several ELIXIR-related talks, including two keynotes by Barend Mons, Head of ELIXIR Netherlands, and Chris Evelo, co-leader of the ELIXIR Interoperability platform.

CHARME brings together various projects and collaborations in standardisation of life science data and facilitates information exchange. CHARME is a COST Action, kicked-off in March 2016. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) supports trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. COST Actions are bottom-up, multidisciplinary and collaborative networks to address specific issues in various domains in science and technology.

Dr McQuilton will present on the first day of the conference on "BioSharing Information Resources: Mapping the landscape of Standards, Databases and Data Policies in the Life Sciences".

Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Associate Director (Life, Natural and BioMedical Sciences), will be a keynote speaker at the combined CHARME – EMBnet and NETTAB 2016 Workshop, October 25-26, 2016, Rome, Italy. Her paper 'Publishing descriptions of non-public clinical datasets: proposed guidance for researchers, repositories, editors and funding organisations' was published in Research Integrity and Peer Review on 22 June 2016.