de.NBI/ELIXIR-DE has established a task force for COVID-19 human omics data management and international dissemination. This task force acts as the national point of contact for Omics data for ELIXIR and coordinates the interaction with GHGA - the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (www.ghga.de) - which is tasked with implementing FAIR and secure human omics data management. HD-HuB, which has a human bioinformatics mandate within de.NBI/ELIXIR-DE and whose members are involved in the leadership of the GHGA, coordinates this task force. Peer Bork (EMBL Heidelberg) acts as head of the task force and as national contact person. 


- The task force addresses the challenges arising from managing human omics data in the COVID-19 context within Germany. The task force engages the national communities generating the data to FAIR-ify COVID-19 data and it supports the national communities in making this essential research data accessible for the international scientific community.

Current Tasks

 - German COVID-19 human omics data portal: The task force works together with GHGA and other national initiatives to establish a German COVID-19 human omics data portal. This activity is coordinated with the national data portals for clinical data developed by the National COVID-19 Research Network (NaFoUniMedCOVID-19). In the future, this portal could be also used for general queries around human omics data, including associated COVID-19 data, and already now support for submitting those data to open resources will be offered.

- Integration with the European COVID-19 Data Portal: The harmonized German omics infrastructure and data deposition service enables the integration of the German data with the European data sets. The integration makes data from German cohorts also analyzable in their greater European context, thus making a visible contribution to the European COVID-19 research activities and the highly visible EU-supported data portal.

- Collaboration with GHGA: As a national infrastructure for human omics data, GHGA has a focused mandate to develop an infrastructure for the collection and dissemination of disease-relevant human omics datasets. This includes COVID-19 related human omics data, for which GHGA has agreed to develop and provide a data management solution to enable distribution within Germany as well international dissemination (in conjunction with the German COVID-19 OMICS Initiative (DeCOI); see www.decoi.eu).

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pi peer bork Peer Bork
Contact person
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
JanKorbel Jan Korbel
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
pi oliver kohlbacher Oliver Kohlbacher
University of Tübingen, Germany
Platzhalter Oliver Stegle
DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany