NETTAB 2018 Meeting


Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment

October 22-24, 2018, Genoa, Italy


NETTAB 2018 is organised in collaboration with ELIXIR Nodes of the UK and Italy as well as the Italian Society of Bioinformatics, BITS.
The main focus will be on FAIR principles in bioinformatics, a challenging topic that we hope will attract many researchers from all over the world, including but not limited to, Bioinformaticians, Biologists, Computer Scientists, and others working or interested in the above research scope.
The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship, published in 2016, has sparked worldwide interest across the biology community: from grassroots to policymakers, and from data providers to publishers.
In order to make the FAIR concept a reality, we need to answer many questions, like: What is FAIRness? How to make FAIR data a reality? How to facilitate the translation to FAIR data? How to measure it? On these topics, there are many ongoing projects, such as EOSCpilot, FAIRmetrics, FAIRsharing, and GO-FAIR.
Now is the perfect time to discuss on these topics and related actions, and to move on from FAIR principles to FAIR practice. The workshop will provide an excellent environment and a range of opportunities to present and discuss methods, theoretical approaches, algorithms, tools, platforms, practical applications and experiences of FAIR in Bioinformatics.


Methods, theoretical approaches, algorithms, tools, platforms, practical applications and experiences of FAIR in Bioinformatics including, but not limited to:

FAIR concept
• Specification and revision of components, conceptual issues.
• Criticisms and review of FAIR principles
Development tools
• FAIR Web Services, metadata for FAIR tools, revision of standard formats.
FAIRification methodologies
• FAIRification best practices and training
• Experiences of FAIR methods
• Best practices and lessons learned from domains outside bioinformatics.

FAIRness evaluation
• FAIRness validation and correction tools.
• FAIR metrics: Levels of FAIRness, FAIRness scores, FAIRness minimal levels.

FAIR environment
• Integration and interoperation of FAIR data and systems.
• FAIR and its demonstrated contribution to open science and reproducible results
• FAIR principles and practices of research outputs other than data: workflows, scripts, tools, models, training materials, SOPs etc
• Surveys of FAIR resources and methods

FAIR value
• Examples of FAIR in practice and the benefits of FAIR resources
• Related initiatives to FAIR: for example Data Commons and EOSC
• The economics of FAIR
• Incentives for FAIR stewardship throughout the data lifecycle
The topics of NETTAB 2018 also include the usual topics of NETTAB workshops.


Submission of abstracts for oral communications: Sunday May 20, 2018
Notification: Monday June 18, 2018

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Michel DUMONTIER, MaastrichtUniversity, The Netherlands
Frederik COPPENS, Gent University , Belgium
Patricia PALAGI, SIB, Switzerland
Christine DURINX, ELIXIR, Switzerland


Rob HOOFT, DTLS, The Netherlands
Marco ROOS, LUMC, The Netherlands
Amnon SHABO, Siemens, Germany

Tutorial/Hackathon programme under definition.


Carole Goble, University of Manchester
Paolo Romano, Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa
Mauro Giacomini, University of Genoa


The Scientific Committee is being defined.
Many invitations are still pending.

• Oya Deniz BEYAN, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
• Michael CRUSOE, Common Workflow Language, Lithuania
• Michel DUMONTIER, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
• Leyla Jael GARCIA CASTRO, EMBL-EBI, United Kingdom
• Mauro GIACOMINI, University of Genoa, Italy
• Carole GOBLE, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
• Paul GROTH, Elsevier Labs
• Paolo MANGHI, CNR/ISTI & OpenAIRE, Italy
• Patricia PALAGI, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
• Helen PARKINSON, EMBL-EBI, United Kingdom
• Paolo ROMANO, Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Italy
• Mark WILKINSON, UPM, Spain
• Katherine WOLSTENCROFT, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Paolo Romano
on behalf of Workshop Organizors

Paolo Romano
Ospedale Policlinico San Martino
Genova, Italy

Skype: p.romano