The products of this WG will be principles for linking information about databases, content standards and journal and funder policies in the life sciences, and a curated and prototype registry, to access and cross-search the information, on which a variety of stakeholders can base their decisions. Specifically, journals, researchers and funders will be able to recommend or select mature and community endorsed databases and standards, and developers and curators of repositories and content standards will be aware of the requirements they need to meet to ensure their products are discoverable and well described so that they can be used by researchers or recommended by journals and funders.
To ensure a manageable project size and delivery within the 18-month timeframe, the WG will leverage the existing BioSharing initiative, already embedded into international infrastructure programmes.The principles and the registry, however, will be developed in a way that is extendable to other areas of science. This use cases-driven WG is a joint effort with Force11 and it is led and constituted by prospective adopters as well as technical implementers, many of whom are also leading and/or actively involved in other relevant RDA IGs and WGs, whose activities this WG complements and with which this WG will work closely. For more details, please refer to our Case Statement, found in the right-hand column.
Through the BioSharing WG’s 18 month timeframe, we have built upon the existing BioSharing registry and transformed it into a searchable network of 800+ databases, 650+ data standards, and 80+ journal and funder data policies in the life, biomedical and environmental science domains.
During this time, the BioSharing portal has been adopted by a number of journal publishers, research data management programmes, community groups and infrastructure, research and funding programmes. These are shown in the table below.
Please note: We are gaining new adopters all the time. To see the most up-to-date version of this table, please see our communities page.
|Adopter||Type||Associated BioSharing Record|
|Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)||Funder Data Policy|
|BioMedCentral (BMC)||Journal Data Policy||Recommendation|
|EMBO Press||Journal Data Policy||Recommendation|
|Faculty of 1000 (F1000)||Journal Data Policy||Recommendation|
|GigaScience||Journal Data Policy||Recommendation|
|Scientific Data||Journal Data Policy||Recommendation|
|Springer Nature||Journal Data Policy||-|
|Wellcome Open Research||Journal Data Policy||Recommendation|
|Cell Migration Standardisation Organisation (CMSO)||Organisation||Collection|
|Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG)*||Organisation||Collection|
|EMBL-Australia Bioinformatics Resource||Organisation||Collection|
|Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)||Organisation||Collection|
|University of Cambridge||Research Data Management||-|
|University of Oxford||Research Data Management||-|
|Stanford University||Research Data Management||-|
$ Part of RDA GEDE Coordination Group
Want to join our list of adopters? Contact us here.
We have helped these journal publishers develop their data policies, and have mirrored these on BioSharing with our ‘recommendations’ feature, collating all the BioSharing records mentioned in their data policy into one place, and importantly, linking them with other data in BioSharing, so showing those resources in context. For example, a journal may recommend the deposition of your proteomics data in a particular database, but what standards does that database use? This information is not available on the journal’s data policy page, but is available through BioSharing.
BioSharing is also embedded in and contributes to a number of infrastructure programmes, such as the EMBL-ABR (https://biosharing.org/collection/EMBLABR), curating and showcasing Bioinformatics resources in Australia, funding programmes such as the NIH LINCS program (https://biosharing.org/collection/LINCS), and research programmes such as the GEDE Euro-BioImaging initiative (https://biosharing.org/collection/EuroBioImaging). In addition, BioSharing is an ELIXIR-UK Node resource (http://www.elixir-uk.org/resources/biosharing) and actively participates in ELIXIR, the pan-European bioinformatics life science infrastructure, as the ELIXIR Standards registry.
BioSharing has always been a community-driven project and this is illustrated by the large number of community groups and projects that we work with, such as the TDWG Biodiversity standards group (which also has a RDA WG - https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-standards-attribution-physic...), FAIRDOM, CDISC, and others. See https://biosharing.org/collections/ for a full list of our collections and recommendations.
Working with our community, we are now drafting the outputs of this WG for consideration at the RDA 9th Plenary in Barcelona. We look forward to see as many of you as possible there!
In the meantime, please contact us via this WG, the BioSharing website or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join our growing list of adopters and/or have a collection or recommendation in BioSharing for your project.
Key outputs (August 2016):
BioSharing is now an:
1. Informative resource
A web-based, searchable portal of 3 interlinked registries, containing both in-house and crowdsourced manually curated descriptions of standards (https://biosharing.org/standards), databases (https://biosharing.org/databases) and data policies (https://biosharing.org/policies), also combined in an integrated view across all 3 registries (https://biosharing.org/search)
Every standard and database record is annotated with a tag indicating the readiness of that resource for implementation or use (status checked with the community). Currently we have 4 indicators, that can be found in the top left of each record card (Grid view) or in the column on the right (Table view): R - ready; Dev - in development; U - status uncertain; D - deprecated. These tags also assist the Educational side, below.
2. Educational resource
From the homepage user can access the:
- Educational section. A collection of over 40 frequently asked questions that cover the whats and whys of standards, how BioSharing can help users navigate standards, databases and data policies in the life sciences, and how to use and cite BioSharing: https://biosharing.org/educational
- Recommendations. Standards and/or databases recommended by journal or funder data policy, e.g. PLOS: https://biosharing.org/recommendation/PLOS
- Collections. Standards and/or databases grouped by domain, species or organization, e.g. see the Biodiversity Standards, a group linked to the RDA IG: https://biosharing.org/collection/TDWGBiodiversity
RDA 9th Plenary (5-7th April) Barcelona (ES) - participation in two sessions:
Joint session with the ELIXIR Bridging Force IG - What's happened in the Life Sciences? - see here for more information.
Joint session with the Data policy standardisation and implementation IG - using the life and biomedical sciences as a domain-specific example - see here for more information.
2016 Events we have attended and presented at
NETTAB/CHARME workshop (Oct 25-26, 2016) Rome (IT) - Reproducibility, standards and SOP in bioinformatics - slides here
CHARME workshop - (June 22, 2016) Warsaw (PL) - a presentation on BioSharing at the kick-off COST-CHARME workshop on Standards - slides here
ISB2016 Conference - Geneva (CH) where we presented a poster on the BioSharing database registry (Tuesday 12th April) and ran a workshop on BioSharing, community curation and the BioDBcore guidelines (Wednesday 13th April)
UKON2016 Conference - Newcastle (UK) for a short talk on BioSharing on Thursday 14th April
FORCE2016 Conference - Portland (OR) at the Propelled by FORCE session on Tuesday April 19th at 10am
Activities at RDA Plenary 8 and IDW
We co-organized and presented at the following sessions:
- SciDataCon16: Biomedical Data Stewardship: technologies for making biomedical resources FAIR, session 34 with the NIH BD2K community - slides here
- Thursday 15th September 2-3:30pm:
- Friday 16th September 9-10am:
- RDA output - a 10 minute review of the BioSharing WG, where we are with 6 months to go
- Friday 16th September 11-12:30pm:
- The FAIR Data Principles - the concepts and exemplars implementations, a joint session between IG ELIXIR Bridging Force and WG BioSharing - slides here
- Saturday 17th September 11-12:30pm:
- Data policies, databases and metadata standards: inform, cross-link, use, a joint session among Publishing Data IG, Metadata standards catalog WG and WG BioSharing - slides here
Activities pre-plenary 8
1. Pre-defined Recommendations: A core-set of resources (databases and/or standards) that have been selected and recommended by relevant groups or organizations.
2. Wizard Tool (beta): The wizard guides users step-by-step through the resources captured in BioSharing.
3. BioSharing Standards Registry Survey: We have just closed our BioSharing Standards Registry survey, where we have assessed your needs for a registry of data/content standards in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. We have had over 530 responses. We're now analysing the survey and will shortly publicize an executive summary of the results, along with the raw data.
Activities at Plenary 7
Where can you find us
- Tues - Breakout 3: Joint meeting IG ELIXIR Bridging Force and WG BioSharing Registry.
- Update on the BioSharing WG activities
Activities pre-plenary 7
To prioritize BioSharing registry's content and capabilities, in a way most appropriate to your needs, we have run a 10 questions survey and received 530 replies!
Here you can see a 3 slides update on our progresses to date.
Activities at RDA Plenary 6
Thank-you for your feedback at the 6th Plenary meeting in Paris. It was great to catch up with everyone and to hear about the innovative and challenging work everyone is doing. If you didn’t manage to catch us at the meeting, our slides and our leaflet are available on Slideshare, as follows:
- WG RDA/WDS Publishing Data Workflows (10 minute presentation)
- BioSharing WG Joint Session (20 minute presentation)
- A leaflet detailing BioSharing and some of our new features
Where can you find us
- Wed - Working Meeting Session 1
- Thur - Working Meeting Session 6
- Fri - Working Meeting Session 8 and 9
- "Joint meeting of IG ELIXIR Bridging Force & WG BioSharing Registry: Life Sciences and Sensitive Data"
- "Joint meeting of IG Domain Repositories, IG Agriculture Data Interest Group (IGAD), WG BioSharing Registry, IG RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure & Interoperability & WG Wheat Data Interoperability"
Activities pre-RDA plenary 6
Help us prioritize improvements to BioSharing's capabilities as a Standards Information Resource, in a way most appropriate to your needs. Take a few minutes to answer few questions, please!
Activities at RDA Plenary 5
- Scope and role for BioSharing in the Environment-related Interest and Working Groups - Plenary Session.
- Role and participation of BioSharing in NIH and ELIXIR related initiatives presented at the BoF on Biomedical Data.