Establishment of a Community of Practice for DM/DS Trainers
Research Data management refers to the handling of research data before, during, and after a research activity. To ensure that all relevant aspects of data management are considered from the very beginning on, more and more research organisations and institutes require their researchers to develop data management plans (DMPs).
The scientific community’s rising demand to provide good research data management induced the idea to establish a Community of Practice for Data Management/Data Stewardship (DM/DS) Trainers. This Community of Practice (CoP) is intended for all life scientists who are interested and involved in DM/DS training and who would like to participate in developing, improving and expanding training materials encouraging the exchange of expertise. The goal is to specify common standards in data management training and to set a universal base level of knowledge with regards to best practices through training in data management.
In the framework of the European project ELIXIR-CONVERGE, a first Training Community kick-off for DM/DS took place in March 2022, with the aim to discuss together with the participants questions related to the organization of this community of practice, in order to then jointly shape the structure of this community. Two external speakers gave great lectures on examples of national DM/DS communities involved in training:
In a subsequent productive discussion round with about 90 participants from all over the world, the goals of the CoP were discussed, how these can be achieved, and which communication channels should be used for this community network. As next community events several hackathons will take place dealing with the topics: DMP, DM/DS Basics, FAIR and Reproducibility. This hackathon series aims to generate a comprehensive set of training materials that are as all-encompassing as possible and taht can be used as a basis for various formats of DM training courses. In this context, ELIXIR Germany has already organised a hackathon series in which a generalised slide deck on the topic of DMP was created. Further hackathons will follow for finalisation.
If you would like to be part of this Community of Practice for Data Management/Data Stewardship Trainers and are interested in using this chance for networking just contact us:
“Boost your Data Management Planning” workshops at ECCB & GCB 2022
Have you ever wondered, what research data management really is? Why is it so important? Then de.NBI / ELIXIR-DE has created the perfect training course for you that will take place in September at GCB (5.9.) and ECCB (18.9) 2022!
More and more funders require the establishment of research data management plans for their grants. Over the course of just three hours, you will get the chance to learn how to transfer research project proposals into proper Data Management Plans (DMPs). The data management experts Helena and Daniel (CONVERGE WP2) will guide you through the basics of research data management, the dos and don’ts and how to improve the management of the data produced in research projects.
After a short introduction to the research data life cycle and the FAIR data principles, we will explore in multiple hands-on sessions what a data management plan (DMP) is. We will sink our teeth into components, language, software and examples of DMPs. In light of the FAIR principles, we will evaluate possible problems and solutions and self-assess a drafted DMP for our own projects. See you in Halle (Saale) or Sitges!
Meet ELIXIR Germany at 2022 All Hands Meeting in Amsterdam
This year’s ELIXIR All Hands meeting, the eighth time in a row, will take place from 7-10 June 2022 in Amsterdam and bring together members of the ELIXIR community from across the ELIXIR Nodes. ELIXIR Germany contributes to the organization and presentation of numerous workshops and talks:
News from de.NBI and ELIXIR-DE Office
Team of ELIXIR-DE Officers is growing
ELIXIR Germany has established the ELIXIR Officers Team, which supports node-specific activities at the different service units and assists the ELIXIR-DE Hub in fulfilling its tasks. At the moment, German activities are coordinated by seven officers specialized in various bioinformatics topics and working within their fields of expertise in ELIXIR.
We now extend a warm welcome to Michael R. Crusoe, who started his position as ELIXIR-DE Officer on April 1, 2022. Michael is a one of the Common Workflow Language co-founders and the CWL project lead. He is also a Software Carpentry instructor and Debian software packager. In addition to his employment at ELIXIR-DE, Michael is a member of the Dutch ELIXIR Node where he actively contributes to the ELIXIR Interoperability & Compute Platforms. He is also a part-time PhD student at VU Amsterdam on the topic of workflow standards in practice. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Michael is happy to call Berlin, Germany his home after previously living in Lithuania, Romania, and Belgium.
New ELIXIR Germany Deputy Technical Coordinator
Sebastian Jaenicke took over his new position as Deputy Technical Coordinator in ELIXIR-DE. He succeeds Marius Dieckmann in this function, who is now employed as an NFDI software developer and cloud architect at Giessen University. Sebastian is member of the Bielefeld-Giessen (BiGi) Bioinformatics Resource Center and brings in a lot of experience field of microbial bioinformatics. His research is focusing on the design and further development of a flexible and extensible client/server-framework for the management and analysis of metagenomic datasets, also known as MGX (https://mgx-metagenomics.github.io/)
We welcome Michael and Sebastian in our team and look forward to a successful cooperation!
ELIXIR-DE Industry Officer
Nils-Christian Lübke from the de.NBI administration office was appointed by the CCU to represent ELIXIR-Germany’s industry liaison efforts as the new “ELIXIR-Germany Industry Officer”. Since 2022, Nils took over the role of the de.NBI Industrial Forum Coordinator from Manuel Wittchen. The de.NBI Industrial Forum provides networking opportunities at the interface between Academia and Industry. His responsibilities in this position already covered connectivity towards ELIXIR.
Now, in his new role as “ELIXIR-Germany Industry Officer”, Nils will also be representing the industrial activities of ELIXIR-Germany within the ELIXIR network. The ELIXIR-Germany Industry Officer is meant to act as a contact person for Industry partners and ELIXIR-Germany members.
Feel free to reach out to Nils: https://www.denbi.de/administration-office-ao-menu/
New ELIXIR Germany Impact Flyer
ELIXIR Germany is delighted to present a new impact flyer, which summarizes the most important facts and figures about ELIXIR Germany services at a glance. For more information about ELIXIR Germany please visit the website.
News on the de.NBI cloud
de.NBI Cloud - Life Science AAI Migration
On 11 April 2022, the de.NBI Cloud Portal and Cloud Compute Centers migrated from ELIXIR AAI as their authentication and authorization provider to the new EOSC Life Science AAI provider. The migration required a short downtime of the Cloud Compute Centers on April 11th and a longer downtime of the de.NBI Cloud portal from April 11th - 12th. Users were automatically migrated to the new provider and for most, the migration caused no issues.
Please note that support for social providers (Google, Orcid ...) does not convey institutional membership information and thus may lead to issues and longer review times of your project applications. Should you note any issues with authentication, please contact either us at
ELIXIR Compute Platform Face 2 Face Meeting in Berlin
On 25-26 April 2022, the ELIXIR Compute Platform Face 2 Face Meeting took place in Berlin with around 24 on-site and up to 10 remote participants. The meeting started with a welcome and overview of ELIXIR Germany’s Cloud Activities by Dr. Nils Hoffmann, ELIXIR Germany’s Cloud Platform Coordinator. After "A brief history of the ELIXIR Compute Platform" by one of the initial founders of the ELIXIR Compute Platform, Ludek Matyska (ELIXIR CZ), Jonathan Tedds (ELIXIR Hub) presented the current platform portfolio. In further sessions, the latest status of ELIXIR Compute Platform tasks was presented by the respective task leads and contributors, including work packages and associated deliverables. Topics such as the ELIXIR to Life Science AAI migration were presented and discussed, as well as involvement in EOSC Life and GA4GH related activities. Day two of the meeting was kicked off by Harald Wagener (ELIXIR DE, BIH@Charité) who presented "HEALTH-X dataLOFT: A Gaia-X Health Data Space for Europe".
The successful two-day meeting continued with updates by the different compute platform tasks and ended on Tuesday afternoon with discussions on future directions and objectives for the ELIXIR Compute Platform.
News on Services
Numerous improvements of de.NBI services have been reported in the last quarter:
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License was made even more permissive with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Update on SILVA taxonomy:
Carlos P Cantalapiedra, Ana Hernández-Plaza, Ivica Letunic, Peer Bork, Jaime Huerta-Cepas, eggNOG-mapper v2: Functional Annotation, Orthology Assignments, and Domain Prediction at the Metagenomic Scale, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Volume 38, Issue 12, December 2021, Pages 5825–5829, https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msab293
Jonas Förster, Frank T. Bergmann, Jürgen Pahle, CoRC: the COPASI R Connector, Bioinformatics, Volume 37, Issue 17, 1 September 2021, Pages 2778–2779, https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btab033
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The next de.NBI training events are announced on www.denbi.de/training.
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