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Take part in a Data Management Practices survey

We are inviting all Estonian research community members to take part in a survey about the current data management practices in Estonia.


EDIT: The survey will remain open until 10th of October, 2021. 

The survey will remain open until at least the end of July (July 31st, 2021) 10th of October 2021 and should take approximately 30 minutes to fill out. We will randomly pick a couple of lucky people who have participated in the survey to win a goodie bag from us. The survey can be found here: 

For the last couple of years, data management has gained more and more attraction, both in Estonia and Europe. The Data Management Plan is becoming mandatory for European projects. Similarly, it is recommended to keep your research and research outputs as open as possible.  One of ELIXIR’s goals is to help standardise life science data management across Europe, although this is not just needed for life sciences but all the fields of science.

I, Heleri Inno, am a new data manager for ELIXIR Estonia at the University of Tartu, Institute of Computer Science. Our goal at ELIXIR Estonia is to standardise and help researchers manage their data, no matter the field. For this, we plan to start providing researchers with more specific guides (lectures, courses, posters) on making your data (and work) more open and reusable by others. However, we need to know the current data management practices in Estonia and what help is required. To get the baseline, we created a survey to get to know the current data management practices and opinions on this subject in Estonia. A somewhat similar job has been done previously, so we will additionally use this survey to compare how the data management practices have changed over the years.

We would be most grateful if you could find some time in your busy schedule to fill out the survey. Filling out the survey should take approximately 30 minutes. No question is mandatory, and there are also extra spaces so you can give your opinion on the subject. The survey is open for all the research community members in Estonia until at least the end of July (July 31st, 2021) 10th of October, 2021.

Also, to show our gratitude for participating in the survey, we will randomly choose some lucky winners to win goodies from ELIXIR Estonia and the University of Tartu. There will be an additional link at the end of the survey, so who wishes to participate in the lottery can do that.


BY-COVID: A new EU project coordinated by ELIXIR


logo of the BY-COVID project

A new EU funded project coordinated by ELIXIR has been launched today. BY-COVID is a €12million Horizon Europe project striving to tackle the data challenges that can hinder effective pandemic response. 

This interdisciplinary project involves 53 project partners from across 19 countries within Europe and draws together experts from the life sciences, policy and social science ensuring that the project is driven by a diverse range of science. 

ELIXIR-Estonia is part of the consortium and associate professor Hedi Peterson from University of Tartu is leading the actions from Estonian side.

Find out more in the news release on the BY-COVID website.


The FAIR Principles Lecture - Autumn 2021

On the 27th of September, 2021 and on 14th of October, 2021, ELIXIR-Estonia will be holding a new data management course: The FAIR Principles. This lecture will be a short overview about the principles and is part of a bigger data management course package. The first course, on 27th of September, will be held in Estonian, and the second course, on 14th of October, will be held in English. 


The FAIR Principles Lecture 27th of September, 14:15-17:00 (in ESTONIAN) and 14th of October, 12:15-15:00 (in ENGLISH), Delta #1019

In recent years, more attention is put on what researchers do with the data (and other resources) they produce. Especially in Europe, but also everywhere else. The main idea is that when researchers use taxpayers' money, the taxpayers themselves should also have access to the results, free of charge. This means that the research should be published in open access journals and data should be made publicly available. 

Good data management may help you with that, at least to make the process easier on the whole. If you think “how to manage your data” at the beginning and during the project and know what you plan to do with it at the end of the project, the process at the end will be easier. However, what is “good data management”, is up to debate. The FAIR Principles concentrates on making your data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, so this is a good start. And let’s be honest, some of these things you are probably already doing. 

In this course, we will be going over all the FAIR Principles and how they are applied in real life. This way, you will already know what to consider, while writing a grant, filling out your data management plan or doing your research. 


Information about the lecture

Dates: 27.09.2021 in Estonian; 14.10.2021 in English

Time: 14:15 - 17:00 / 12:15 - 15:00

Place: Delta, Narva mnt 18, room 1019


Registration closes at 23:59 on 25.09.2021/12.10.2021 (for the Estonian/English lecture, respectively) or when it gets full.


Learning outcomes: 

  • Understands the importance of a good data management
  • Knows what are the FAIR principles and what they mean
  • Knows how to implement FAIR principles throughout the research project
  • Knows where to get more information about the FAIR Principles


Data management courses held in the future (may be up to change): 

  • OpenRefine (October 2021)
  • Excel - how to make your data reusable (November 2021)
  • Data licensing (2022)
  • How to organise your files BYOD workshop (2022)
  • How to write a good metadata and README file (2022)
  • Personal data in data management (2022)


ELIXIR UNIX Shell Courses - Autumn 2021

ELIXIR Estonia is organising two Unix Shell Courses (Basic and Advanced) in coming weeks (September 28th, October 5th).

Advanced computing power is hidden away in clouds/cluster/supercomputers that you do not have click and point access. As a general rule these high performance computer resources use Linux operating systems and are accessible only by a shell terminal and we are here to teach you to obtain skills to master the terminal in your future work.

Basics Course 28th of September, 10:15-16:00, University of Tartu, Delta #2005

This course is aimed to provide basic survival skills in Linux and the terminal environment. We will teach you how to access files and folders, move around and hopefully shake off the fear of getting stuck somewhere along the way.


  • Obtain basic knowledge on dealing with files using command line (Linux or Mac)
  • Learn how to use search over several text files, combine files, extract certain knowledge.
  • Tips and tricks for effective command line hacks that would save a lot of time.

No prior knowledge expected. 

Requirements: Lecture venue is computer class with linux computers. In case you bring your own Windows laptop, please make sure to have gitBASH ( or Putty application ( beforehand.

The lecturer is Dr. Priit Adler.

The course is free but please register responsibly at  (closes at 23:59 on 25.09 or when the course gets full).

Unix Shell Advanced Course 5th of October, 10:15-16:00, University of Tartu, Delta #2005 (COURSE FULL) and  New edition on 19th of October, 10.15-16.00, University of Tartu, Delta #2005

This course is aimed to streamline your skills in Linux and the terminal environment. We will teach you how to make your life easier by creating maintainable and flexible bash scripts for your commonly used workflows or SLURM jobs.

  • Learn how to iterate operations over many input files with bash loops and conditions
  • Learn how to combine complicated command line based workflows into maintainable bash scripts
  • Add additional useful utility functions and tools to your toolbox

Expected prior knowledge: Experience in using the basic commands covered in the Basics course (e.g. cd, ls, mkdir, mv, cp, head, cat, find, less, pwd)

Requirements: Lecture venue is computer class with linux computers. In case you bring your own Windows laptop, please make sure to have gitBASH ( or Putty application ( beforehand.

The lecturer is Dr. Priit Adler.

The course is free but please register responsibly at (closes at 23:59 on 17.10 or when the course gets full).

ELIXIR Hungary published a Multiple Testing Correction web-tool A tool for life science researchers for multiple hypothesis testing correction

Scientists from nearly all disciplines face the problem of simultaneously evaluating many hypotheses.To facilitate multiple-testing corrections, ELIXIR Hungary developed a fully automated solution not requiring programming skills or the use of a command line. The registration free online tool is available at and compiles the five most frequently used adjustment tools.