News and announcements

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 (registration closed)

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

Register: registration closed

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

Materials (ENG):

Materials (EST):

FAIR Flyer:


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. 


Galaxy community's SARS-CoV-2 Data Analysis and Monitoring with Galaxy - workshop materials available

The Galaxy community held a SARS-CoV-2 Data Analysis and Monitoring with Galaxy workhop in mid August. The video tutorials and slides are available for self-learners at

The topics that were covered ranged from basic Galaxy introduction to more specific topics such as:

  • Galaxy for SARS-CoV-2 genome surveillance projects
  • Variant calling, reporting, consensus building (with Galaxy GUI)
  • The SARS-CoV-2 bot in action
  • Upload data to ENA
  • Using and Customising ObservableHQ