Joint meeting: IG ELIXIR Bridging Force, WG Biosharing Registry

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03 January 2016 2070 reads
Date & time: Tuesday 1st March - 16:30 - 18:00 - Working Meeting Session 3
Meeting title: Reference data in the life sciences
ELIXIR ( is an inter-governmental organisation, of 15 member nodes in 14 countries, which works to build an distributed infrastructure on existing data resources and services within Europe.
The goal of ELIXIR is to orchestrate the collection, quality control and archiving of large amounts of biological data produced by life science experiments. ELIXIR is creating an infrastructure that integrates research data from all corners of Europe and ensures a seamless service provision that is easily accessible to all. In this way, open access to these rapidly expanding and critical datasets will facilitate discoveries that benefit humankind.
The ELIXIR Bridging Force Interest Group (IG) is formed to serve as a bridge between ELIXIR and relevant RDA Interest Groups, e.g. those on agricultural data, big data analysis, federated identity management, marine data, structural biology, and data publishing. The ELIXIR IG works closely with the RDA BioSharing Working Group (WG), which is also an activity of the ELIXIR UK Node.
The programme for this session will consist of two components.  In the first part, we will report on the ELIXIR activities to create this European distributed infrastructure, and how it can support access to public (reference) data sets in the life sciences; we will also highlight connections to the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative ( In the last part of the session we will report on what we have learned from other RDA IGs/WGs in the past and current plenary that is also applicable to the life sciences.
Preliminary agenda:
• Introduction to ELIXIR and standards activities
    • Overview of current activities (Bengt Persson, ELIXIR sweden)
    • Metadata standards for data interoperability - BioSharing WG (Susanna Sansone, ELIXIR UK)
• Public reference data (Mikael Borg, ELIXIR sweden)
• Interactions with other IGs and WGs in RDA (Rob Hooft, ELIXIR NL)
• Updates from NIH BD2K (Ian Fore, NIH NCI)
    • Open discussion
All people related to life sciences, we welcome any input from people that have attended other sessions at the conference, translating what they learned to a life science context.
Groups jointly meeting
IG ELIXIR Bridging Force
WG Biosharing Registry
Contact person
Rob Hooft
Susanna Sansone