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CINECA FAIR events - ELSI seminar and hackathon, April 2021

Ethics/ELSI considerations - From FAIR to fair data sharing on April 15th, ONLINE

The CINECA "How FAIR are you" webinar series last webinar by Dr Melanie Goisauf, from BBMRI-ERIC

The FAIR principles – standing for Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability – have become the guiding principles for the wider sharing of research data in the life sciences. While FAIR provides guidance for the management of data as well as tools and workflows, the institutional conditions and organizational challenges associated with data sharing need to be taken into account to ensure responsible and fair data practices. This requires considering the context of legal requirements, for instance the principle of fairness and transparency in GDPR, expectations of research participants/data subjects, societal aspects and the “ethics work” that is an integral part of data flows, as well as fairness, equity and benefit sharing within transnational collaborations, which is of utmost importance. This webinar will, from the perspective of ethical, legal and societal implications (ELSI), discuss this broader context of responsible and fair data sharing associated with FAIR.

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“How FAIR are you” Hackathon on April 28-29, ONLINE

The hackathon will be a practical online event to investigate gaps in the application of FAIR principles to project outputs and facilitate the implementation of FAIR approaches, where possible. The Hackathon will focus on cohort data, software tools including workflows, algorithms as well as web services, and training materials

This hackathon will be an online event and will run over 2 days for 4 hours each day. The participants will be grouped into 3 streams: cohort metadata, software tools and training materials. Each stream will discuss current practices and recommendations for moving towards a practical application of FAIR principles and will explore the FAIRness of participants’ resources using assessment tools. Additional CINECA staff will be on hand for questions.

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The ELIXIR Estonia eQTL Catalogue Browser

ELIXIR Estonia has developed a simple query interface ( for the eQTL Catalogue database jointly developed by the University of Tartu and the European Bioinformatics Institute. The interactive ELIXIR Estonia eQTL Catalogue Browser enables researchers to quickly check if their genetic variant of interest has an effect on gene expression in any of the 112 cell-type- and tissue-specific datasets from the eQTL Catalogue. More information can be found in the accompanying preprint.



2nd Galaxy-ELIXIR webinar series: Open Data Infrastructures to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly from Jan 20th to Feb 24th

The Galaxy Community and ELIXIR organise a second webinar series to demonstrate how open software and public research infrastructures can be used in analysing and publishing SARS-CoV2 data.

In a series of six webinar sessions, experts from ELIXIR and the global Galaxy community from the US, Australia and Europe will demonstrate how open access and open science are fundamental for fast and efficient response to public health crises. The series follows on the first Galaxy-ELIXIR webinar series organised in April-May 2020. It will introduce the latest Galaxy tools developed for working with SARS-CoV-2 data and discuss some of the challenges in accessing, analysing and interpreting them.

The kick-off session of the webinar series takes place on 20 January 2021 and will run weekly on Wednesdays 18.00-19.00 EEST.

Session 1: COVID-19 analysis in Galaxy: Lessons learned and introduction to the series
Session 2: Importance of (open) infrastructures in responding to a pandemic
Session 3: Supporting the COVID-19 Data portal: viral data cleaning from human reads and submission to ENA
Session 4: Insights from selection analysis of complete genomes and read-level data
Session 5: Viral Beacon and Galaxy variant workflows
Session 6: DRS, long-read-sequencing, proteomics and more — an update to recent COVID-19 workflow developments

Registration is needed before each seminar and will provide access to the seminar recordings afterwards.
More information at the webinar series webpage

More information about Galaxy analyses of COVID-19 data:

ELIXIR Europe Training Survey

ELIXIR Europe is welcoming researchers to let us know your training needs. The survey results will be used to create and deliver trainings according to the research communities' needs.

The survey (link here) should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time to complete; questions with an asterisk require a response and it would be immensely helpful if you could spare the time to respond fully to all questions. Participants who share their contact details with us will gain early access to the results and will play a vital role in helping us to optimize the training programme. We value your contribution and look forward to sharing the outcomes with you.