News and announcements

ELIXIR’s latest report: "Open data: A driving force for innovation in the life sciences"

Open access life science resources such as data and software, are fundamental for breakthrough discoveries, scientific excellence and entrepreneurial endeavours. Seventy-six percent of companies surveyed in our newest report “Open data: a driving force for innovation in the life sciences” state that their product or service would not exist without data on open repositories. 

While the importance of these freely available resources is widely accepted, there are sparse efforts to quantify the benefit, despite the need to demonstrate value to funders and policymakers. This report is an up-to-date quantification on the benefit of open data to industry and innovation, with an extensive survey, testimonials, and analysis of the hotspots of European innovation. 

Find the full report at


ONLINE seminar: Research Code Review by Open Science Coffee

On September 1st (2021), 10-11am CEST, Open Science Coffee will be holding an online seminar "Research Code Review". 

More researchers are writing code to process, analyse and visualise their data. For reproducible and robust research, it is increasingly important that this code is reviewed. Join this inaugural Open Science Coffee to learn more and discuss best practices, challenges and opportunities in reviewing research code. 

Register before seminar in here:
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g:Profiler latest article reached 1000 citations!

The g:Profiler team from ELIXIR Estonia is celebrating. The latest update article of our g:Profiler enrichment analysis and gene list conversion toolkit published in NAR on July 2nd, 2019 reached 1000 citations on July 27th 2021. We are truly happy that we have had a chance to help so many reasearchers across the world in carrying out their research. 

g:Profiler most popular tools are GOSt for enrichment analysis and g:Convert for translating between different gene/protein/transcript/probe identifiers. Both of these tools receive millions of queries per year. We also have g:Orth that enables translating identifiers between species and g:SNPense that annotates provides for SNP RS-ids chromosomal coordinates and predicted variant effect for SNPs that lie in protein coding genes.

g:Profiler relies heavily on ENSEMBL and ENSEMBL Genomes databases and we follow their data relase cycle. This ensures that our users have always the latest data at their service. g:Profiler includes data for 714 different species and for the largest organisms we support more than 200 different identifier types. We have kept all data releases since summer 2011 and these are available from

We also support custom datasets for researchers whose organisms are not supported by ENSEMBL or ENSEMBL Genomes or Wormbase Parasite or who want to do enrichment analysis using their own knowledgebase that goes beyond the Gene Ontology, KEGG, Reactome, Wikipathays, Transfac, miRTarBase, Human Phenome Ontology, Human Protein Atlas, CORUM that are already included in g:Profiler.

We are welcome user requests and development ideas either out our website or directly to our email. Your feedback helps us to keep improving and providing the best service for the life science community!








How to manage your data well? - Helis Academy can teach you how

What is data management? How to do it well? How to write a data management plan? If you have these questions, then Helis Academy can help you out. They provide a variety of courses and seminars about data management and data stewardship. 

On 17th and 18th of June, they will host a 2-day event, introducing their academy and Data Analysis and Data Stewardship (  project with one of its aims to increase the industry readiness in Health and LifeSciences by developing training programmes in line with the knowledge and skills that are required in the industry. Helis is organizing 2 half-day events, filled with informative, interactive sessions:

Day 1: Symposium (17 June 2021)  9.30-13.00 CEST, Online You’ll learn more about the Helis project, the cross-border collaboration programme, how careers in life sciences are stimulated and the Helis domains during keynotes and interactive parallel sessions.  More info:

Day 2: Virtual company visits (18 June 2021) 8.30-13 CEST Curious to learn more about the life sciences sector in the Netherlands and Flanders? Join the virtual company visits on 18 June to find out more about the diverse job opportunities and career paths that the life sciences domains offer.  More info:

The data analysis and stewardship pillar of Helis  is organized by DTL/ ELIXIR-NL, VIB/ELIXIR-Belgium, Maastricht University and Eindhoven University of Techonology (TU/e).